By Jeff JHO Hoyland
Bedford has a tradition of strong middle and long-distance runners, and this year is no exception. The biggest difference this year is that student-athletes from other winter sports are helping the Bucs excel in the field competition.
The DCL outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at Weston on Wednesday, May 16. Expectations were high for both the boys’ and girls’ teams as they headed into the games with undefeated seasons. The Division 3 State Finals will take place on Saturday May 26, and Bedford athletes will take part.
If you have never attended a high school track meet it may seem like organized chaos, so let me help. There are three main areas of competition:
- The track – the oval where all the running events are held
- The jumping pit – high jump and long jump as well as pole vault
- The “throwing” fields – Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin
Each of the three areas run on their own schedule, but allowances are made for athletes who may have two events going on at the same time.
EVENTS TO WATCH
- Pole vault: You might not suspect that Bedford is a hotbed of successful pole vaulters, but Tyler and Brendan should be two of the last ones competing.
- 4×400: Both the Boys and Girls teams have extremely successful track seasons.
- 4×800: This race is not typically done during dual meets, and the depth chart one the Bucs team, make us strong contenders.
The following Bedford student/athletes and the events where they placed in the top 10 finishers: