Off to the races at the North State Relays

Mar 18, 2016 10:31 PM by Ross Field

On your mark, get set - go!

It's time for the North State Relays, a high school event hosted by Chico State at University Stadium. And you could not have asked for better weather.

"When you picture a track meet, this is the kind of weather you picture. Not a cloud in the sky and the sun is shining. Just a slight breeze at your back. It's a glorious day for track and field," said Oliver Hanf, Chico State track and field coach.

"I love the fact that it's local so the parents can come and watch, and the fact that it's on a college campus, the kids kind of a get a feel for what track would be like at college events," said Dawn Dowdy, Hamilton High School track and field coach.

Eight prep squads are getting that feel - Colusa, West Valley, Chico, Pleasant Valley, Core Butte, Orland, Hamilton and Durham. They're taking part in relays, hurdles and field events. This is one of the first local high school track and field meets of the season and nerves are high.

"It's very nerve-wracking, it hits you, makes your heart pump feels like you can't breathe," said Trever Zimmerman, Orland High School runner.

"I definitely think nerves are high at these kind of events but this meet in particular is a relay meet so you have the team that you're relying on, everyone is nervous together. It's not about you," said Brooke Whitburn, Chico State track and field athlete and former Pleasant Valley standout.

But even though it's all about the team, a lot of eyes are watching and this is a good opportunity for these athletes to make an impression on Chico State coaches.

"It's always fun to see the youth in action especially at the beginning of the year, give the sport a go and try it out, try it on for size and see if it fits," said Hanf.


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