A snowblower pushes through an entire winter’s accumulation of snow so Lone Peak High School Track and Field can use the field. COURTESY TOM NEWBERRY

Dedication all around

Local help gets LPHS Track and Field running

There are certain challenges to training for track and field in a mountain town. One main hurdle is the winter lifeblood of the town: snow. 

Lone Peak High School Track and Field has secured the assistance of longtime Big Sky locals and business owners John and Toni Delzer, owners of Delzer Diversified, to clear the tremendous amount of snow covering the track. 

John Delzer used to do the high jump, triple jump and was a distance runner in high school, so he has a soft spot for the sport. 

His company plowed the track free-of-charge last year and this year. 

“It can be technical because it’s acquired snow throughout the whole winter. It requires a much more robust machine to be able to get through it,” he said. 

His parents brought him up to give back when possible. 

“I guess it’s just in my blood. It’s my nature,” he said. “I’ve been here 33 years. Big Sky has been a great place for me, so I like to be able to give a little bit back.” 

Lone Peak High School Track Coach Dave Brekke said that with the track being plowed, the team can use it much more quickly. All that’s needed now is some sunshine and dry weather.

Some schools have their own equipment, but you have to be careful of the all-weather surfaces on the tracks, which makes plowing a little more technical he said. 

Track and Field has been preparing for the season by practicing in the gym. The team of eight girls and nine boys are training for their various sports, including getting shotput and discus pointers from former professional football player Tom Newberry. 

“Shotput and discus take a lot of strength and a lot of form, he [Newberry] is very good at it,” Brekke said. 

Newberry was National Champ for shotput NCAA Division Three and was All American around fifteen times for discus, shotput and hammer. 

“The kids are doing well,” Newberry said. “And we’re getting outside a little bit now. [John] Delzer helped us a lot because having that cleared helped dry it out.” 

Brekke said having four assistant coaches who are very good at what they do is incredibly helpful. These areas of expertise include running 100, 200, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races as well as the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. Field events include hurdles, triple jump, long jump, high jump, shotput, discus and javelin. 

“We have a good group. They are committed, working hard and enthusiastic,” Brekke said of the student-athletes. 

Track and field officially kicked-off March 12, with the first track meet of the year cancelled due to field conditions. 

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