Spruce Cap­i­tal meet re­turns to Ma­sich Place Sta­dium

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ted CLARKE Ci­ti­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca

Ma­sich Place Sta­dium will be a hub of run­ning, jump­ing and throw­ing ac­tiv­ity this week­end.

For the first time in three years, since the sta­dium was closed for ren­o­va­tions, the Prince Ge­orge Track and Field Club (PGTFC) is host­ing its an­nual Spruce Cap­i­tal meet Satur­day and Sun­day.

Ninety ath­letes have signed up for the meet, down con­sid­er­ably from the 260 who at­tended the North Cen­tral zone high school meet in May.

‘It’s our long­est meet but we don’t have as many entrants as we’d like, it’s hard to get ev­ery­body back into it,” said PGTFC head coach Elena Thomas.

“We haven’t had this meet for three years so it’s a lit­tle tough.”

Club ath­letes are us­ing this meet as a tune-up for big­ger meets on the BC Ath­let­ics cal­en­dar like the Jack Brow In­ter­na­tional in Kelowna, June 28-30; the B.C. Ath­let­ics Jam­boree in Kam­loops, July 5-7; and the B.C. Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment cham­pi­onships in South Sur­rey, July 19-21.

The ju­nior de­vel­op­ment meet is a qual­i­fier for the Cana­dian Le­gion Youth Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney, N.S., Aug. 9-11.

For PGTFC se­nior ath­letes Max Schonewill­e and Jor­dan Bax, both grad­u­at­ing Grade 12 stu­dents, this will be their last home­town meet.

“Un­less they come back in the sum­mers as adult ath­letes, this is their last meet at the track, which is kind of too bad, they just got back into the track,” said Thomas.

“I’m sure they’re ex­cited about par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

Among the 90 entrants is a group of un­at­tached ath­letes from Bella Coola, on the cen­tral coast west of Williams Lake, a vil­lage which lacks a track and field fa­cil­ity.

The Spruce Cap­i­tal meet will give PGTFC throws coach Cassandra O’Brien (nee Wiebe) her first chance to com­pete since her high school days at Cor­re­lieu in Ques­nel.

The meet starts at 9 a.m. both days, with rac­ing sched­uled to be fin­ished by 1:30 p.m. and field events com­pleted by 3 p.m.

The 100-me­tre heats will be run Satur­day at 11 a.m. with fi­nals to fol­low at 1 p.m. Sun­day’s sched­ule fea­tures the 1,500 race walk, 200m and 60m races and dis­tance hur­dles (200m 300m, 400m), as well as the 4 X 100 re­lays and fam­ily re­lay.

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