ALTON – Youth track is returning to Alton at Public School Stadium on Sunday, June 1. There will be running and jumping galore.
The St. Louis Storm will play host to a USATF Invitational for youngsters ages 6-18. The one-day competition starts at 8 a.m. on Jim Wigger Track. The group has held an annual summer track extravaganza in Alton for several years, said Rickie Pattin of the Storm.
“We anticipate 800 athletes representing cities from Missouri and Illinois,” Pattin said. “This may be the largest invitational that we had hosted.”
He said it will be a full morning and afternoon of activity and competition will start promptly.
“We will have a coaches meeting at 7:45 that morning and track events will begin after that,” Pattin said. “All running events will be timed finals. There will be no prelims or semis. Pee Wee events will ribbon at the finish line with no times.”
He added, “Field events begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be run in rounds with three tries each. Track events take priority over field events. All athletes must notify the event official when leaving for a running event and must be ready to resume 10 minutes after completion of running event.”
Entry fee is $10 per competitor. The entry deadline is 9 p.m. on May 29. Go to www.coacho.com for more information. Fees must be paid on line by the close of the meet registration. Go to “Calendar” and locate the event by date, then by name.
Age divisions include: Pee Wee, or 6 years old and under, 8-and-under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
Athletes competing in Pee Wee through 11-12 age divisions can enter three events. All others — 13-14 through 17-18 — can participate in four events.
Throwing implements will be provided, Pattin said. Implements brought by athletes will be pooled during competition. No spikes longer than one-eighth of an inch will be allowed on the track.
The Storm will award medals for first-, second- and third-place finishers. Ribbons will be given to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers.
“From the Illinois side, we will have competitors from Alton, O’Fallon and Greenville — with more to come,” Pattin said.