Excitement has been building throughout the week for the Peacock Collegiate Boys Track team as they are headed East to Toronto this weekend. Their one of two Saskatchewan schools invited to compete in the Nike High School Grand Prix.
“As the week's been going on, there's lots of just fine details to put together, but definitely the coaches and athletes are very excited to make the trip and see what the event is all about,” said Peacock Track head coach Reene Verge.
The Nike Grand Prix is heading into its second year this year after a very successful inaugural year. The event is Canada's first invitational high school track meet with each school having to submit an application to be selected to take part. Peacock was one of two Saskatchewan schools, Prince Albert St Mary being the other, that were selected to take part.
There will be over 300 athletes from 23 schools across the country taking part.
“We really have no expectations going in, it's such a new event and no school from Saskatchewan has ever been before,” said Verge. “All our athletes are multi-sport athletes, we're going to go there, compete as hard as we can and whatever we get, we get. Our goal is just to go, compete and enjoy the whole experience.”
It will be quite the experience for the 12 local athletes as they will be going toe-to-toe with no doubt some of the top track athletes in the country. They will also be provided with compete track uniforms from jerseys, shorts and cleats as well as track suits for the event by Nike.
“It's a cultural and educational trip as well, but of course the highlight of the whole event is the track meet and that's slated for all day Saturday and the forecast is for a good day, so we're looking for a great day,” said Verge.
The Peacock athletes were lucky that the weather cleared up here at home before the event as well and they were able to get into action at the Moose Jaw Invitational and Wednesday's mini-meet at Gutheridge Field.
“We were worried that we could be heading in with no track meets under our belt, so it was huge,” added Verge. “Having the Invitational and then the mini-meet is very significant because we're going to the competition knowing that we've done the events once, if not twice for some of the kids, so that's great.”
Everything is being held at the 4,000-seat Varsity Centre, which is located on the University of Toronto campus in the heart of Toronto. The track centre features an eight-lane 400 metre track and a state-of-the-art turf field.
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