Apr 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Spartans already have had two track meets cancelled by weather but will host one onR00;Saturday at Wolverine Track.
Riverton Middle School track and field head coach Travis McIntosh is anxious to get the season in high gear.
The Riverton Spartans have been battling the spring weather for the last couple of weeks.
After two false starts, McIntosh is hoping to open the season Saturday at the Riverton Spartan Invitational at Wolverine Track.
The Spartans already have had two track meets cancelled by weather.
"We are sitting roughly around 100 athletes," McIntosh said. "We are pretty excited about the numbers and the kids."
The track team is for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade.
"It has been difficult with the weather," McIntosh said. "They are just getting in some track shape. The kids are understanding what they need to do to be successful."
Start time is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.
"It will be nice to get them on the track and get times on them," McIntosh said.
Teams coming to Riverton are Cody, Green River, Lander, Powell, Rawlins, Themopolis and Worland.
"It's all about getting the kids out there to compete to introduce them to track," McIntosh said. "The kids have still been coming to practice and working hard. They have been doing what is asked of them. They understand that we can't control the weather."
McIntosh said the RMS eighth-graders should be very competitive in every meet they participate in.
"We have good numbers and good strength in the eighth-graders," McIntosh said. "In track, when you have depth, you can accomplish a lot more things in terms of relays and shuffling kids around."
McIntosh coaches the triple jump, long jump and the sprints.
Brian Shultz works with the hurdles, sprints and relays. Suzie Piplica hands the distance racers and high jumpers.
"We have an outstanding staff," McIntosh said. "Having an outstanding coaching staff is so critical in building a track program."
Phil Orbell coaches the shot putters, and Paul Rogers is the discus coach. Carol Ann Stingley teaches the distances and relays.
"I just can't say enough about the coaches," McIntosh said. "They do work hard."
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