Westminster gets board OK to begin program this season Other schools must go through similar process

Indoor track

December 12, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Westminster High School will be the only Carroll County school competing in indoor track at the interscholastic level this season.

The county school board approved Westminster's petition at its Wednesday meeting. However, this was an individual proposal by Westminster on how it would handle its program, and was accepted as such.

To set up similar programs, other county schools would have to go through a similar process.

Westminster coach Jim Shank had some 50 athletes at his first organizational meeting yesterday. With the addition of the Owls, all 44 state Class 4A schools now have indoor track teams.

Plans call for conducting the required 20 practices, followed by about a half-dozen meets.

Included will be the annual National Guard Invitational at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory, and an invitational meet at Gettysburg College. The regional meet will be in mid-February, followed by the state championships Feb. 25, both at the armory.

All county schools once had indoor track teams, but the sport was dropped following the 1980-81 season. Lack of adequate staffing was cited at the time as one of the chief reasons. Lack of proper facilities may have been a factor, too, but other teams have managed to deal successfully with this problem.

The latter will not be a distraction this time, though, because Shank owns the Carroll Indoor Sports Center, and Westminster athletes have used this facility in the past.

Nominate athletes

Coaches only should phone in boys and girls Athlete of the Week nominations between 4-6 p.m. on Sundays for events from the previous week. Call 410-332-6200 or long distance 1-800-829-8000.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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