Young track athletes run, throw, and jump at annual meet

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Local rec departments came together today for the annual Northern Maine Regional Track and Field Meet in Caribou. With good performances athletes can qualify for the state meet in a few weeks in Bangor. This is a big event on the summer rec calendar.

"Actually really fun because I feel like everyone should go outside and get lots of energy. This is very good for everyone," said Dinesha Sirois of Madawaska.

"It's a great opportunity for people to come outside and enjoy the nice breeze and do fun activities like exercise and stuff," added Janelle Moore of Madawaska.

Around 300 youngsters took part, including some from a town who hadn't competed in a few years.

"We picked up another team, we picked up Fort Kent again this year. They had been out the last couple of years, but we have quite a few towns from all of Aroostook County here," Caribou Rec Director Matt Bouchard explained.

There was a mix of athletes competing, from first timers to multi year veterans.

"This is my first year doing track and field. I was looking forward to it very much and I was very excited when I woke up. I was a little bit nervous and I was running like I do in track practice and I was ready to go," said Olivia Locke from Presque Isle.

"A few of the kids I run with now I ran with a long time ago, but a lot of them have dropped out now. Today I was the only kid in the mile in my age division and luckily I won that, well there's no other way to not win it," added George Ferland from Woodland.

"I look forward to the long jump. I like that and the running is also really fun," explained Grace Ellis from Easton.

All the communities had put in some quality practice time to get ready for the running events, softball throw, and long jump.

"We have practices about three days a week every week. I guess we wanted to come here to get faster," Fort Fairfield's Landen Leavitt said.

The day features plenty of competition, but it's all about having fun.

"It's a good bonding period with your team members. You kind of just sit and the races are fun. It's fun to cheer on your teammates as well. It makes you feel good whenever you're running to know you have a full team cheering for you," said Logan Bernier from Easton.

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