It was the perfect sunny day for a track meet Friday with Ophir Middle School Track competing in Livingston. The strong headwind hitting the athletes as they rounded the turn for the last 100 meters added to the challenge of the day. PHOTOS COURTESY KURTIS KOENIG

Track & field update

A young team learning the ropes

Lone Peak High School and Ophir Middle School Track and Field is starting to pick up with a few meets every week for a while. The young team, composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores missed out on track last year due to COVID-19. The only two seniors that competed for the team this year, Madison Strauss and Reilly Germain did well at the meet against Manhattan Christian, but their demanding IB schedule may prohibit them from further competition this year, according to BSSD Track and Field Coach James Miranda.

Strauss took ill just before spring break and showed up to compete against Manhattan Christian without really being able to practice. She did a remarkable job considering all the factors at play, Miranda explained.

Having Spring Break in the middle of April, beginning the last day of ski season in Big Sky, puts the program at a competitive disadvantage with other schools that have Spring Break in March.

“It is a very young, inexperienced team that are slowly developing into understanding their events that they signed up for, Miranda said. “I have a few that have been surprisingly successful in their endeavors. They are trying to set a standard. For a small program, we are starting to develop a more youth-oriented look, with a handful of 8th graders stepping in next year,” he said.

It is a busy few weeks for the athletes, with numerous meets and the Western C and B Divisionals coming up on May 20th.

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