Large turnout highlights youth track meet |

Large turnout highlights youth track meet

Lexie Gross
Special to the Sun

"On your mark, get set — go!"

As we sprint toward the summer months, athletes from Glenshire and Truckee elementary schools sprinted into their third annual track and field meet at Truckee High School this past Sunday. 

With a record turnout of 100-plus young athletes, coaches Darin Veliquette and Mike Pyle were over the moon about the sheer number of kids and families who helped make the event a success.

Veliquette — or Mr. V, as his students call him at Glenshire — created the program three years ago for athletes in the third through fifth grade.

"I love track," he said. "It's such a great sport where kids have the opportunity to try different things and have many choices." 

The friendly competition included a wide variety of events such as sprints, relays, hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put. It was enough to keep the athletes busy with smiles on their faces.

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Although results were not available, it was the love for the sport that came in first.

Lexie Gross is a 17-year-old junior at Truckee High School and member of the girls tennis team.