Apr 11, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton Spartans middle school track and field coach Travis McIntosh has the opportunity to show off his team Saturday at the Riverton Spartan Invitational.
Riverton has eighth-, seventh- and sixth-graders out for the spring sport.
The meet at Wolverine Track starts at 9:30 a.m. It's the only home meet of the year for the Spartans.
"Overall, we have pretty good numbers this year," McIntosh said.
Riverton opened the season last week in Rawlins.
"We only had half of our track kids because a lot of them had other commitments," McIntosh said.
The Spartans will have their full squad on Saturday.
"We think that we have a little bit of strength in all of the areas," McIntosh said.
"The kids should be pretty competitive this season."
The coaching staff is working with close to 100 athletes.
"We are running pretty strong," McIntosh said. "We have a lot of numbers in the eighth-grade boys and girls. We have a lot of people in the seventh-grade girls."
Middle school meets have unlimited entries.
"We are trying to get the younger kids exposed to what they are interested in," McIntosh said.
"As they continue to have success and see their times go down, then we suggest they try different events."
The events in middle school track are the 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles, 1,600 meters, 200 meters, 200-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 800 meters, discus, high jump, long jump, shot put and triple jump.
The 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x400 are the relays.
"You have a lot of kids that like the distance events," McIntosh said. "You have kids that want to be sprinters. In the field events a lot of kids like the triple jump and the high jump."
The assistant coaches this year for McIntosh are Brian Shultz (hurdles and sprints), Carol Ann Stingley (distance runners), Misty Motisi (distance and high jump), Paul Rogers (discus) and Phil Orbell (shot put).
"I'm very fortunate that we have a great staff," McIntosh said.
Sheridan Smith is a volunteer assistant working out with the sprints and the jumps.
The teams signed up for the meet on Saturday are CY Middle School and Dean Morgan Middle School from Casper. CY is expected to bring 93 athletes, while Dean Morgan has 100 registered for the meet.
"It will be a little smaller because schools like Green River and Rock Springs are on spring break," McIntosh said.
Lander, Riverton and Trinity Lutheran are the other teams in the meet.
"It's just more about getting kids on the track and having good weather," McIntosh said.
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