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Bemidji High School track: Jacks conclude indoor schedule

The indoor track and field season concludes today as the Bemidji State University Gillett Recreation Center hosts the Little Amik meet.

The competition will begin at 1 p.m. with the girls high jump and shot put, the boys pole vault and long jump, and the 4x800 relay.

The meet will attract more than 20 boys and girls teams, including Bemidji. Other area programs expected to compete include Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, Kelliher-Northome-Blackduck, Cass Lake-Bena, Clearbrook-Gonvick and Bagley.

"We're going to use the meet as an opportunity to try some kids in different events but we also want to run some athletes in their same events to see if they can drop their times," said BHS girls coach Chris Lehman.

"I'm also planning to match some upperclassmen against the younger kids in the relays to create some competition and have some fun."

The Lumberjacks have competed in two indoor meets this spring and Lehman is impressed with how his athletes have performed.

"I'm very happy with what I've seen so far," the coach said. "The overall competitiveness of the freshman class, the quality of the effort and how hard the freshmen have worked have been pleasant surprises. And I think the upperclassmen are where they want to be in terms of improving each meet and with their overall times and distances," Lehman said.

Bemidji boys coach Steve Sneide also is pleased with the results of the indoor season and hopes to see continued improvement today.

"The biggest surprise so far has been in the distance and middle-distance," Sneide said. "We really have some solid runners and we are creating friendly rivalries among our distance and mid-distance athletes."

The coaches are viewing today's meet as an extended practice session and are eager to compare today's times and distances with previous results.

"This meet is the final experiment of the early season," Sneide said. "I want to see if we have the right kids in the right events.

"Last week we pushed the kids very hard but they are coming off a long weekend so we'll see how well they do coming off the break."

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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