Track and field future looking bright at LCHS


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June 2, 2016 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Barons will send 10 athletes to the provincial track and field meet this weekend, including a 4x100m junior boys' relay team and multiple discus throwers.

The Lloydminster Comprehensive Barons have more than doubled the number of athletes they have heading to the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association provincial track and field starting Saturday in Edmonton, as 10 athletes will compete, six more than went last year.
With more students coming out for track and field, especially at the Grade 10 level, the Barons are looking at a bright future in track and field and will use this year’s provincial meet as a chance to grow the future of the team.
“We had a strong group of Grade 10s that came in and stepped up to the plate, which is really going to help our program for the future,” said Barons track and field head coach, Cole Bloxam. “We do have a very strong group of Grade 9s that will be coming up from our junior high programs as well. Definitely the roots are strong in the junior highs and it’s our goal as coaches to get those kids out and get them on the team to build for the future.”
At the junior high level, 20 students will head to Regina tomorrow for the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association track and field provincials across multiple events, showing that the roots at the middle school level are growing.
Bloxam said the Barons are doing their best to reach out to the middle school kids and work together in order to foster the relationship they have, ensuring when they get to the public high school, they will be ahead of the curve.
For the high school, Bloxam will see his 10 athletes compete in events ranging from discus, long jump, javelin and multiple races.
Taylor Wilson will compete in the intermediate girls 100 and 200 metre races, as well as long jump, while Layne Guest will compete in the same division but in discus.
Kaitlyn Oster will compete in junior girls discus, while Bryer Kay will throw both discus and javelin in the junior boys division.
Dawson Guest will run the 100 metre hurdles and throw shot put in intermediate boys, while Kirk Haan will race in the senior boys 1500 metre race.
Finally, Ty Smith, Chase Cal, Garrett Musgrave and Chase Wouters will race together in the junior boys 4x100m relay, while Smith will also race in the 1500m and Cal will be in the long jump event.
With a lot of them going for the first time, Bloxam is keeping his expectations tame, settling more on the athletes experiencing the moment and learning from provincials, rather than going in expecting to win a medal.
“We let them know it’s a moment that is going to be important to them and to just give everything they have and leave it all out there,” said Bloxam.
“We don’t really want to put specific pressures on them, because for a lot of them, it’s their first time there. It’s just great to see them competing at this level and having this many qualify is definitely a step in the right direction.”

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