One of the factors limiting the development of high school Track and Field athletes in Minnesota has been the lack of opportunities to compete during the indoor season. With virtually all of the meets squeezed into April and May athletes seemed to have only two choices: Compete too many times each week or limit participation and by doing so limit the opportunity to improve.
Beginning with a clinic and mini-meet at that attracted over 100 participants at St. Thomas last Sunday, USATFMN is taking a big step toward correcting that situation. Going forward there will be a series of meets, open to athletes of all ages and culuminating with the State Indoor Championship scheduled for March 11th at the University of Minnestoa.
The next meet will be on January 29th at St. Thomas. Information is available at http://usatfmn.org/2012-all-ages-indoor-track-field-meet
These meets are a great way for young athletes to learn about the sport and for middle school and high school athletes to sharpen their skills. Note to high school middle distance and distance runners: Here is a chance to run a personal best in the 1000 meters and take a break from the daily 5 mile run.