9-year-old Riley Ishihara (center) competes in the 100-meter dash during a regional track and field event held in Lehi on June 11, 2016. Photo: Cavett Ishihara

Despite the Saturday morning rain showers on June 11, 2016, hundreds of young athletes and spectators gathered at Lehi High School to cheer and complete in a multi-city, regional track and field event for Utah County youth ages seven to 14.

In total, seven cities competed in the track and field events, which included several running events, long jump, high jump, shotput and javelin. “Lehi has nearly 200 participants,” said Lehi City Recreation Track and Field Manager Summer Gurney. “Other cities here today have an average of 100 to 150 athletes,” she said.

11-year-old Kyler Young throws the shotput. In his first year, Kyler advanced from a starting 17-feet throw to a 25-feet personal best. Photo: Cavett Ishihara
11-year-old Kyler Young throws the shotput. In his first year, Kyler advanced from a starting 17-feet throw to a 25-feet personal best. Photo: Cavett Ishihara

Beyond being outdoors for exercise, Gurney believe the track and field programs offers something much greater for Lehi youth. “The goal of our program is to learn about the different events, compete and to learn technique,” she said. The program also offers employment opportunities to youth coaches, many of whom earned athletic recognition during high school.

For more information about Lehi City youth fitness and sport programs visit https://www.lehi-ut.gov/legacy-center/youth-sports/.

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