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Hershey Youth Track & Field Meet May 7

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Cherokee Parks and Recreation Department has announced the date for their annual Hershey Youth Track and Field Meet. This FREE meet will be held at George Hicks Field in Cherokee on Monday, May 7th with check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the meet to begin about 5:15.

This event is open to all area boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age, and the children enter according to their age on December 31, 2012.

Casey's General Store will again be the local meet sponsor for this event organized by the Cherokee Parks and Recreation Department. Casey's General Store sponsorship includes taking meet registration at area Casey's stores, and providing funds to pay for meet expenses. We sincerely thank the area Casey's stores for helping make this local meet possible.

Youth may enter three events- two track and one field, or one track and two field events. In the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups, the 4x100 relay is an extra event and does not count as one of your three.

Events will include the 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, 4 X 100 meter relay (form your own relay), standing long jump, and the softball throw. Not all events are available for each age group. Boys and girls will compete separately, and the age groups are 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 years of age. Youth enter according to the age they will be on December 31, 2012.

All first place finishers qualify for the State Meet, which will be held in Marshalltown on June 9th. Additionally, a number of Iowa youth qualify every year for an all-expense paid trip to the National Hershey Meet held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Participants must fill out and mail a special entry form that is available at the Parks and Rec office, school offices or any of the Casey's General Store located in Cherokee, Aurelia, Alta, Marcus, and Paullina. You may print the form from the Parks & Rec link on the city website www.cherokeeiowa.net also. Registration deadline is May 2nd.

FUTURE TRACKSTERS RACES. All 7 and 8 year olds are invited to run in special races for kids not old enough for the Hershey meet. We will have the 50 meter dash and the 100 meter dash. No registration is necessary.

Volunteers are needed to help run this meet. Please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 225-2715 or email cityckerd@evertek.net to volunteer or to receive more information.

Hershey's Youth Track and Field Program is designed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize participation and sportsmanship. We invite youth, volunteers, and spectators alike to come and enjoy this fun event at George Hicks Field in Cherokee.



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