Just as some Davis High School programs fundraise through car washes, the DHS track and field team has found a new way to make profits. On Saturday April 13, 29 track and field teams from Northern California will spike up for the Halden Invitational at Ron and Mary Brown Stadium.
This will be the third year the DHS track and field team has hosted the meet on its all-weather track surface.
“I’m nervous about it because I want it to be awesome, and I’m excited about it because I think it’s going to be awesome,” head track and field coach Spencer Elliott said about the meet.
According to Elliott, the DHS track and field team is trying to host an athlete-friendly meet with competitive heats and lots of awards. A DJ will even be on site for the night portion of the meet. “We want people to leave having had a good time,” Elliott said.
Each of the 16 events will have at least four divisions: frosh/soph women, frosh/soph men, varsity women and varsity men. Certain events will also provide junior high athletes with the opportunity to compete.
Along with being a point of pride, the meet serves as a fundraiser for the track and field program.
“My freshman year, we had to send out an envelope asking for money, but now we don’t have to do that because we have the Halden Invitational,” senior Laney Teaford said.
The team makes profits from the team entry fees for participating in the meet and from the concessions stand. Along with the snack bar, local vendors such as Jamba Juice and Fleet Feet Sports will be present.
The sprinting, jumping and throwing events will start at noon while the first gun starting the distance races will trigger at 5 p.m.