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DC sending young team to zone contest

Dawson Creek will be sending 16 athletes to the North Central Zone Championships today and tomorrow in Prince George with the bulk of them Central Middle School competitors led by five South Peace Secondary School contenders.

Dawson Creek will be sending 16 athletes to the North Central Zone Championships today and tomorrow in Prince George with the bulk of them Central Middle School competitors led by five South Peace Secondary School contenders.

"I am hoping that some get really good times so they can go down to the provincial meet. We are looking for some good results," said SPSS track and field coach Eric Wolf.

All are aiming for a top-two placing and a ticket to the provincial championships June 4 and 5 in Burnaby where they will take on athletes from nine other zones in B.C.

The zone meet is expected to attract about 190 competitors from 17 schools from as far south as 100 Mile House, west to Fraser Lake and Nechako and north to Fort St. John.

This year the bulk of the Dawson Creek track and field athletes are in the younger, middle school grades.

SPSS will be sending Walker Adair, Colton Rand, Cameron Glover, Micheal Ryder and Dakota Maltais. CMS athletes include Anton Wolf, Ryan Greenberg, Mark Readman, Tristan Steinke, Thomas Williams, Courtney Watson, Samantha Klassen, Alora Waren, Tana Gibson, Danelle Gibson and Michaela Ross.

"There are a lot more Grades 8s and 9s in the system. There are a lot more younger kids coming up which is a good sign for years to come."

That bodes well for the future high school track and field team, but means presently they will be challenged to qualify for the provincials as students from Central Middle School will be competing against other athletes in Grade 8-12.

Along with a first- or second-place standing, students in Grade 8 and 9 can also qualify by meeting the standards as set out by the meet director.

Many of the same athletes who are at the interior city for the zone meet also attended last Saturday's Peace Country Classic in Grande Prairie where they won a handful of medals in running and throwing events.

"The students are keen and seem prepared to run, jump and throw their best and hopefully come up with some more personal bests," said Wolf.

Traditionally, the zone meets are held on a weekend or a Friday and a Saturday, but this year organizers wanted to complete the competition before athletes and parents take off for the Victoria Day long weekend.

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