Prince Albert to host track and field provincials

St. Mary high school’s Nayan Chand jumps 5.85 metres to win gold in long jump at last year’s city high school track and field championships. -- Daily Herald File Photo

Carlton, St. Mary high schools look to qualify for high school provincial championships, come June 1

St. Mary and Carlton high schools will be preparing for a busy month of May, as they get set for high school track and field season.

To kick things off, city championships will be happening in the third week of the month, on May 16 and 17.

On the first day, competition starts after school is over, at about 4 p.m.; the following day, athletes will be competing all day, starting at 10 a.m.

All events will take place at Harry Jerome Track, behind Carlton high school.

One week later, on May 23 and 24 at the same times, the city will host high school district track championships.

Student-athletes will represent the Sask. Rivers School Division, the P.A. Catholic School Division and the Missinipi School Division.

The top two finishing athletes in each event and gender category will earn a competition spot in the provincial high school track and field championships, which are also slated for Prince Albert.

The two-day event is set for June 1 and June 2, all day on both days at the track facilities behind Carlton high school.

The school’s athletic director, Tim Strom, said he expects to see at least 1,000 student-athletes from around the province at the event. And he estimated that turnout could get as high as 1,500 student-athletes.

Strom acknowledged this year’s recent Hoopla tournament as a good test for hosting province-wide sports events.