Area youngsters ages 9 to 14 have the opportunity to compete June 15 in the Hershey Track and Field Games. Events begin at noon at the Enumclaw High School track.
The meet is free and registration can be done online by visiting www.hersheystrackandfield.com. Registration also can be handled prior to the meet.
Events will include the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes; the 800- and 1,600-meter runs; the 4x100-meter relay; the standing long jump; and softball throw. Youngsters can participate in three events (two running and one field event or one running and two field events) with the exception of those in the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups, who can add the relays. Contestants must participate according to the age they will be on Dec. 31.
The top two finishers in each event will advance to the state finals on June 29 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Winners from that meet may be eligible to be selected to a regional team that will travel to Hershey, Pa., to compete in the North American finals.
The Hershey’s Track and Field Games have involved millions of youngsters from all around the United States and Canada. The event is solely sponsored by The Hershey Company through partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, Athletics Canada, Key Club International and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Enumclaw’s event is being hosted by the Enumclaw Track and Field Club, the Enumclaw Parks and Recreation Department and the Enumclaw High School Key Club.