At Annual Club Track and Field Day, Groupers Set Sights On New Records

Julia Strohl, right, and Roeann Zaroa compete in the counselor’s 440-yard relay during the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Track and Field Day on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Beeson Youth Center. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

In its 44th year, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Track and Field Day shows no signs of slowing down.

Starting at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at Club, teams will warm up for a day of track and field events. Divided into three groups — Groups 4 and 5, Groups 6 and 7, and Group 8 through those in the Senior Athletic Club —  Groupers will be participating in the 50-yard dash, 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and 440-yard relay. Other field activities include a softball throw, baseball throw, broad jumping, discus, basketball free-throws and shot-put on different sports fields around Club.

Groupers from years past come back to see if anyone participating will be able to break long-standing records — some that have been standing since 1965.

Anna Coats, Club’s program coordinator, said that the pride of former Groupers often prompts photo opportunities with Club records.

“We had a lot of people this year come and take their picture with their record because every year there are concerns that it’s going to get broken,” Coats said.

Coats said that going through the competitions they make sure to accurately measure every event so as to be specific as possible.

Coats said Track and Field Day is an intense competition, but Groupers develop strong bonds with one another.

To close out the day of competition, Club staff will compete in a counselor relay — a crowd favorite.

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The author Evan Dean

Evan Dean is originally from West Orange, New Jersey, but now spends most of his time in St. Petersburg, Florida, studying at Eckerd College. Currently majoring in communications with a minor in journalism, he covers recreation for the Daily. An avid canoe voyager and Eagle Scout, Evan loves spending time outdoors and is ready for his first summer at Chautauqua.