Family track meets at MAU begin tonight

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BENNINGTON — Tonight, the Zemianek track at Mount Anthony will be alive with runners and jumpers at the annual family track meet.

The series of meets, which continues for the next three Tuesdays, gives the public a chance to be active.

"We wanted to do it again because it's good for our athletes, to keep them racing in less stressful situations," said Mount Anthony track coach Amanda Mullen. "It's also good exposure for families and younger kids, since we don't have a real feeder program for track."

Events set for tonight include the 50-meter dash for kids under six, the 100 meter dash, the 400 meters, the 1,500 meters, the shot put and the wacky 2x200 relay, in which random household items, or really anything, can be used as a baton to pass back and forth.

The event usually brings out parents of members of the Mount Anthony track team to test their wares in some of the events that their children do.

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"It's fun to see the parents get competitive against their sons or daughters, but it's also a nice family bonding night," Mullen said. "It's just not the parents watching, they have the choice to do it as well."

Mullen has promoted the meets on Instagram and said that some of the members of the Mount Greylock team saw the post and wanted to come up for the event. Also, Brattleboro has shown interest.

It's the second year in a row for the meets, which ran until 2000 under long-time coach Steve Zemianek and then were picked up again a few years later by former coach Kathleen Newton.

The meet begins at 5 p.m. and is completely free. There's no preregistration required, but anyone not on the track team needs to sign a waiver.

On July 23, the events will include the 50m, the 800, a 5K, the 200 meters and the long jump. For the final meet on July 30, the events will include the 100-meter, 110-meter hurdles, the 50, 100, 1,500, 400, the wacky 2x200, the discus and the high jump.

For more information on the meets, search for Mount Anthony track on Instagram (@mtanthonyxctf) or email Mullen at amandamullen11@gmail.com.


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