The following article comes from Ellison Black, a high school student, at Cedaredge High School. Her challenge is for any young person who aspires to participate in track and field to try this planned event.

If you are a young person who likes to run, jump, or throw, and you would like to learn more about track and field events, Black extends an invitation to those who would like to learn more. Learn by doing might be a way to begin achieving mastery of technique and the fun of participation. A Practice Greatness Youth Track Meet is scheduled to be held at Cedaredge High School on Thursday, July 25.

The event is open to all Delta County youth who will be entering grades one through six this fall. No prior track experience is needed. Each age group will have three running events (ranging from 50 meters up to 400 meters) as well as two field events (softball throw and standing long jump). Ribbons and medals will be awarded along with fun treats for all participants. Registration is from 4:30-5:15 on the day of the event. There will be a registration fee of $5 per event or $20 for all events with family discounts available. All proceeds from the event will be used for a practice Greatness Memorial scholarship that will be given in memory of Reid Gates at CHS next year.

Black has organized this event with intention of giving children in the community too young for middle school track programs a chance to learn about and experience track competition. She also wanted to honor the memory of Reid Gates, an exceptional student-athlete and leader from Cedaredge High School. The "Practice Greatness" motto originated elsewhere, but came to be associated with Gates and his teammates during his years of competiing in football, basketball and track.

Though Black has been the primary planner of the event, she greatly appreciates the support of the Cedaredge community for making it possible. Numerous other students and families will volunteer their time to help at the meet.

Black thanks the many businesses and individuals that have made the donations to sponsor the event. The list includes Mountain Valley Realty, Dan and Connie Williams, Starr's Guitars, Bert Sibley, High Country Shopper, Williams Cellars, Blair and Associates, Millennimum Wellness, Bank of Colorado, Cedaredge Food Town, the AppleShed, Big John's Lumber and Stacy's on Main.

Black's ambition is to have a series of meets next summer if there is enough participation and interest this year. She can be contacted at or (970) 640-1049 for more information.


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