Cougars hope for solid showing as district track meet comes to Truro

Ryan Cooke
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TRURO –Truro will be humming over the weekend, as Cobequid Educational Centre plays host to the annual Colchester-East Hants/Antigonish-Guysborough District Track and Field Meet.

Hundreds of athletes from all over the region will be participating in more than 75 different events at the TAAC Grounds facilities throughout Friday and Saturday.

“It’s a really big event,” said coordinator David Higgins. “There are so many athletes, coaches, events and volunteers. It’s been a big job.”

With the competition just around the corner, practices have amped up at CEC, as the Cougars prepare for what they hope will be a strong showing.

“We’ve been going at it for quite a while now,” said Iain Lapointe, head coach of the track and field squad. “Ever since the weather turned nice, we’ve been out here every day.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Lapointe was with the javelin throwers on the football field behind the school, while the track team practiced at TAAC Grounds. Lined across the field, the javelin crew worked their way to the 50-yard line with short warm-up tosses before heading back to the goal line.

Among the athletes on the field was Madison Munroe, a former provincial and national contender. Munroe presents one of the best hopes for CEC come this weekend.

The district event is a regional qualifier, with the top performers from each event moving on to the regionals next weekend in Stellarton. The aim for the Cougars is to land as many athletes as they can at the next event, Lapointe said.

“The main goal this weekend is simply to qualify for our regional meet next weekend. For this weekend there’s no medals or records, just to see how we stack up and how our training has been working out so far this year.”

Being the largest school in the district, the Cougars will be sending a large and diverse team. A third of the team are strictly track and field athletes, while the rest play other sports during the winter.

“We’ve got a lot of basketball and volleyball players here,” Lapointe said. “A lot of them stay active throughout the winter and then join the track team after their season ends.”

Taking part in multiple sports is something the school encourages, he said.

“(With track and field) you work a lot of different muscles and there’s a lot of speed and acceleration, power and strength. Anyone who does another sport at CEC we try to encourage to do track as well.”

The track events get underway at TAAC Grounds at 9 a.m., with field events kicking off at 10 a.m. Track events will run until 5 p.m. each day, while field wraps up at 2 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at www.trackie.com/online-registration.

Geographic location: Stellarton

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