The track and field athletes for Friday season-opening Region VI All-Schools Meet at North Pole High School were greeted by a reminder that nature operates by a different stopwatch.
The infield of the school’s stadium was filled with snow and a few puddles, one of which ran along the length of the runway for the triple jump at the far end of the infield.
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Its track was dry but the people who competed on it for the 3,200-meter runs were greeted by head winds during the eight-lap race. The combination of runners from Class 2A, 3A and 4A schools for the boys and girls 3,200 races l;also ran next a few giant snow berms on the near side of the track.
The Wolfpack sophomore competed outdoors on Friday for the first time this season. He won overall in the boys 3,200 after outsprinting Lathrop Malemutes senior Nathan Sanches on the final stretch.
“It’s definitely harder than in The Dome with the wind and all the aspects,Cater said. “I actually ran the handheld of laps with gloves on and then took them off because I didn’t want to overheat,’ Cater said. “It’s definitely different racing outside it’s nice, though.”
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What was nice for many of the athletes Friday was it their first track and field meet of the season.
Fellow West Valley sophomore Kendall Kramer, who captured region and state Class 4A titles this academic year in cross country and Nordic skiing, won overall Friday in the girls 3,200 in her first time racing on a track this season. She won in the 3,200 at last year’s Region VI-4A and state 4A track and field in meets.
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“I noticed there was a really strong head wind, but luckily I wasn’t doing the straightaway stretch (at the time),’’ Kramer said. “I didn’t know what to pace but as I was going, I saw my times and I realized I was close to my PR “sports stopwatch” personal record, from state last year which I was not expecting at all because I’m not fully in track shape yet.”