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Newsfront - March 9, 2007

Track Invitational drawing thousands to Danville tomorrow

Three high schools hosting meet at Monte Vista High

by Jordan M. Doronila

Thousands of student athletes will be competing at a colossal track meet at Monte Vista High School in Danville tomorrow.

Track coaches from Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley and California high schools are hosting the first BodyMAX East Bay Invitational at the Monte Vista football stadium Saturday, March 10.

Approximately 25 high schools in the Bay Area will be attending the athletic competition. The invitational's field events begin at 10 a.m. They include long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put and discus. Additionally, there will be relay and coed events and a distance medley comprising distance running and sprinting.

"We, the coaches at the schools, decided we would like to put on an invitational track meet and that we could do a better job with it if we pooled the resources of the three schools together," said Mark Karbo, Cal High's head track coach.

"It should be a competitive meet with many excellent track and field athletes attending," he added.

"A joint effort would be a more successful meet," said Aida Glimme, Monte Vista track coach and assistant principal, adding that a single school organizing the event would be difficult.

Awards will be given to winners of each event and the school that earns the highest number of points. There will be an Athlete of the Meet award for a boy and a girl. Additionally, there will be prizes for team champions at junior varsity and varsity levels.

Glimme said the event organizers have selected the best athletes by analyzing their past performance marks through a computer system. She said up to eight students from a school can compete in an event.

For instance, two junior varsity and varsity boys and girls from Monte Vista can participate in one event, such as the discus.

BodyMAX is the chief sponsor of the event and has contributed a couple of thousand dollars to the invitational. Cal High was in charge of bringing in the sponsor, Glimme said.

BodyMAX has offices in Danville and Pleasanton that provide an environment for athletes to train and recover from injuries. It offers physical therapy, sports training, exercise, performance nutrition, sports psychology and other services.

The track coaches started organizing this weekend's meet last year. At first, they were expecting fewer than 25 schools to attend.

"We thought about 15-20 schools would come this year and the meet would grow in subsequent years," said Karbo.

But the coaches found the number of participants exceeded their expectations.

"We are talking about thousands of kids," Glimme said.

She added that the coaches plan to rotate the location next year for hosting the invitational.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com

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