Kids get a taste of Springers in Glenwood |

Kids get a taste of Springers in Glenwood

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Some ran with the host club and competed eagerly. Others were considering joining, taking advantage of the chance to try out different events.

Either way, the Glenwood Springers youth track and field club is back in full force. Friday’s home meet ” open to community members of all ages ” signaled just that, with a healthy turnout filling the track at Glenwood Springs High School.

There was 7-year-old Toby Blizzard, whose dad, Trent, learned of the meet through a newspaper article. The two were on hand to give Toby, a sportsy youngster, a stab at various events.

“It’s my first time [doing track],” said Toby, pulling two blue first-place ribbons and a second-place ribbon from his cargo shorts’ pocket. “I thought it looked fun. I did the long jump. I did the 100 centimeters, and the 50 centimeters.”

He clearly meant meters, but that’s just a tiny detail young Toby didn’t give much concern. He simply seemed content to be there.

“We’re always looking for whatever’s going on,” Trent said. “Running is something he loves to do. The track meet seemed like a good way for him to learn about it.”

And, in that isolated instance, the meet served at least a portion of its purpose ” hooking a future Springer.

It also served to raise money for the program, which is making its return under head coach Crystal Garrison and assistant coach Mike Kishimoto after a two-summer hiatus.

For $5, children could enter as many events as they wished. Many did five or six. Also present were a good number of adults, some as members of corporate relay teams.

Delaney Gaddis, 12, was among the non-Springers giving track a go.

“I love running,” she said. “I had P.E. and we did track. … I just like how I can run hard and the wind brushes against my face.”

Gaddis had competed in a couple local races, such as Glenwood’s Mother’s Day Mile in May, but had never competed in a structured track meet.

She said she’d definitely be going out for track next school year.

“I’d never done a competition like this,” said Gaddis, whose primary sports loves are basketball and gymnastics. “It was definitely a little helpful. Now I know how it works.”

Only time will tell just how many the Springers hooked with Friday’s meet.

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