PCHS track athletes earn their place
Ryan Summerlin April 5, 2013
Several members of the Park City High School track team are in California this weekend, competing against the nation’s best runners.
Ben Saarel, Ali Walker, Annie Orr, Alyssa Snyder, Maddie Criscione and Emily Schmitt are participating in the Arcadia Invitational.
Park City coach Jeff Wyant said he expects his runners to be very competitive at the big-time meet.
"This is the premier track meet in America for high school track," he said. "You have to be invited to be in it."
He said he expects Saarel to easily finish in the top five in the nation in his events.
Park City discus and javelin throwers Megan and Chrissy Glassman aren’t competing in Arcadia. They’ll be participating in the Penn relays at the University of Pennsylvania beginning April 25.
"They don’t do javelin in California," Wyant said.
The Arcadia Invitational started Friday and continues today.
With many of its top runners preparing for the Arcadia Invitational, the Park City Miners track team sent several younger runners to take on North Summit High School in Coalville on Wednesday afternoon.
Several Miners were trying to prove they deserve a spot on the Park City invitational team, the group that travels to big meets all over the state.
"It was a chance for the other kids to participate and improve their times," Park City coach Jeff Wyant said.
With a couple of runners returning from their cross-country skiing seasons, Wyant said he expects the team to get a boost in the near future.
"We got Sophie McDonald back from cross-country skiing and she ran really well," he said. "She’ll probably be on the invitational team now."