Grade 8 Jessie Hutchinson leaps over the bar during high jump practice.

Grade 8 Jessie Hutchinson leaps over the bar during high jump practice.

Smithers Secondary School track team hopeful for new season

The Smithers Secondary School track and field team kicked off spring training with an eye on the podium at home and at provincials.

The Smithers Secondary School track and field team have kicked off spring training, looking to capture top spots this year at home and at provincials.

“The teams looking very good we got about 40 people that are coming out regularly, a good mix for both guys and girls teams,” said head coach Neal Currie.

“Expectations for the season, really I hope it doesn’t get interrupted to much by the teacher job action.”

Although some uncertainty is floating around about the sports season, teams are still continuing to prepare for another semester of competition that gets even tougher as the season moves on.

“It doesn’t make a difference in our zone because we’ll all in the same boat in terms of not getting outside early,” Currie explained.

“But, it makes it very difficult for the stronger athletes who go down to the provincials to compete against people who have been training year round with their clubs and have outdoor track access almost all year.”

“So I find that for the high school season our students are at least two months behind other teams. But if the kids continue into the summer with club track then we catch up and do a lot better in the club meets in June and July.”

So far the team is scheduled to run their first events of the year in Prince George in two weeks.

Smithers will be hosting the northwest zones May long weekend.