Three Eagle Track Club hosts first community track meet of the summerSubmitted: 06/26/2019

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You are never too old or too young to get on the track.

Athletes at the Three Eagle Track Club meet proved that on Wednesday.

"It provides an opportunity for people locally to compete in a track meet for fun," Wyss said.

Club director Jayme Wyss started the community track meet three years ago.

"The biggest reason why I do this is because we are so far north that there are no track opportunities in the summer in the area," Wyss said.

Being able make the short drive down the road means a lot for Crandon native Sydney Gretzinger.

"The coaches are really open to helping me in the off season. I don't really have this at my school even during the regular season because we don't have a track," Gretzinger said. 

It also helps people stay in shape throughout the summer. Like Hunter Exferd who leaves for Air Force basic training next week.

"It is pretty important because you get exhausted after a while and it is hard to get back in shape," Exferd said. "It's just a good environment, everyone is friendly and its just good sportsmanship all the way around." 

Whether you miss the good ole days or just want to know what it's like to compete in a track meet - there's room for everyone.

"Definitely come out and try it," Gretzinger said. 

"If you come once, you will want to do it again," Wyss said.

It only costs five dollars to compete.

The next summer meet will be on July 31st.

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