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Track team set to get runnin'

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The 2002 Platte County track and field team looks to qualify as many as they can for this years State competition.

The Platte County Pirates will not be short of participants this season, as they have 82 people overall who are out for the squad. This group of 82 people consists of 47 boys and 35 girls.

Despite the large amount of people trying out for track, only four participants are returning state qualifiers. These returning qualifiers include seniors Eli Klimek, Bill Flynt, Shane Praiswater, and Zach Sherman.

Even though there are only a few current state qualifiers on the squad, it doesn’t mean that the team will not do well. For the most part this is a young team that will gain experience throughout the season, and qualify several more people to compete at the state competition.

The track team has a full schedule of competition for both its varsity and junior varsity squads. The first meet of the 2002 season will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at Kearney. This meet will be the Kearney Practice Meet, which will help both Kearney and Platte County to prepare for the regular season.

The actual track season kicks off for the Pirates at the Park Hill South Relays on Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m.

The first home meet for Platte County will be the Platte County Tri City Meet/Parents Day, on Tuesday, March 26, at 4 p.m. At this meet, the Pirates will also be holding a raffle, bake sale, and selling vintage track items with the proceeds going to benefit the track team. Among the items being auctioned off is a track jersey signed by all of the members of the squad.

Other meets that the Pirates will be participating in include the St. Joseph Central Arrowhead Relays, the Kearney Bulldog Invitational, the William Jewell Invitational, the Smithville Warrior Relays, the Lafayette Irish Relays, the Turner Meet, the Savannah Savage Relays, and the Benton Cardinal Relays.

In addition to the Tri City Meet at Platte County, the Pirates will also host the Pirate Relays on Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m., the Platte County Invitational on Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m., the MEC Conference Tournament on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., and the District 8 championship on Saturday, May 11, also at 11 a.m.

Sectionals will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Kearney, and the 3A state competition will be held on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, in Jefferson City.

Additional results, schedules, and information can be found on the team website at www.angelfire.com/mo3/pctrack