THREE LAKES - The Three Eagle Track Club hosted its second summer track meet for athletes of all ages on Monday.
Story By Mark Spillane
The club offers a local chance for track athletes or practice and compete.
"We wanted to bring something home, so that people could get more involved with it here, and continue to grow the sport of track locally," said club creator Jayme Wyss.
Wyss hopes the meets will increase community passion for the sport.
"We want to get families involved, we want to get youth involved, and we want to bring back the alumni to get involved. We wanted to make this a track town essentially," said Wyss.
While it might not quite be track-town USA, Three Lakes High School has seen a growing interest in the sport the last few years.
"When we started out four years ago, we had eight kids on the team, this past year we had four times that number," said Wyss.
One way to keep that going is to get young athletes involved.
"In order to get youth interested in coming up in the program, you have to provide it locally," said Wyss. Nobody is going to go however many hours to take their six year old to a track meet, but they'll do it here."
The meets also give high school athletes the chance to compete out of season. For some, that competition is one last chance to spend time with friends.
"It's nice to see them again because I'm leaving soon, so just to get them together again and run with them again is just awesome," said Three Lakes graduate Paxton Boers.
Boers spent the last two years on the Blue Jays track team. Three Eagle has helped him stay in shape for his first season playing college football. However, you don't have to be a Blue Jay to run with this club.
"I'm actually from Crandon high school," said Crandon junior Sydney Gretzinger.
But Crandon high school doesn't have its own track. So Gretzinger leans on the Three Eagle Club for practice.
"The best part about it for me is that I get to come here and have this experience that I don't get at my school and the coaches are really open to helping me," said Gretzinger.
Gretzinger hasn't only gained new coaches. Next year, you may see her spending time with her summer Blue Jays teammates.
"Not only now can I compete with them and have a good time throughout the actual season, I've gotten a lot closer with them and it'll be fun to hang out with them throughout the next season."
Nearly 70 athletes competed in Monday's meet. For information on the Three Eagle Track Club, click on the link below.
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