With numerous months of practice and invitational meets under their belts, Wise County track athletes will get to run for real beginning next week.
Starting Tuesday athletes will head for their district meets to attempt to qualify for area competition to keep their seasons going.
For the first time this season all classifications will have to run an area meet before qualifying for the regional meet. This year 5A through 2A will join Class A in holding area meets between district and regionals.
“The area meet is a very good thing. It allows more kids to advance to post-district competition,” Decatur track coach David Park said. “At the same time it brings the regional meet down to a manageable size. We get the best of both worlds.”
The top four finishers will advance to the area meet; then the top four finishers at area will move on to the regional meet.
Many individuals will be looking to defend district titles in certain events while teams will be vying for bragging rights and league crowns in competitive battles.
The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles will be looking to capture District 9-3A crowns after both picked up the 7-3A title last season.
The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will be in search of their sixth straight district title.
Decatur and Bridgeport will head to Sanger for the District 9-3A meet. The field events and running prelims will be Wednesday. The running finals will be held Thursday.
Paradise, Boyd and Alvord will all be in Boyd Tuesday for the field events and prelims of the District 9-2A meet. The finals will be two days later on Thursday.
Chico will host their district meet Thursday, while Slidell will be in Alvord for their district meet Wednesday.
Northwest will run in Keller at the District 4-5A meet Wednesday and Thursday.