Track opens season with A.J. Loth Relays

A “great day of competition” on Saturday opened the track season for the Fredericksburg High School varsity and junior varsity girls’ and boys’ teams who competed in the A.J. Loth Relays in the FHS Stadium.

“The A.J. Loth Relays were successful and all teams attending enjoyed a great day of competition,” said Dan Aldrich, head track coach.

And with the first meet behind them, the Billie track teams will travel to Burnet for the 16th Annual Bulldog Relays on Friday, Feb. 28.

Field events begin at noon, the 3200 meter runs start at 12:30 p.m. and the running finals are scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

In looking back at Saturday’s meet, Aldrich said, “I was pleased with the performances of our athletes to start off the season.”

The A.J. Loth Relays was based on an all-relay format for both the field and running events.

“Although it was not a traditional formatted track meet, we were still able to evaluate the kids in events on an individual basis,” Aldrich said. “There were many strong performances from both of our groups and many performed just as we expected them to.”

Medals were only given to the first-place finishing team in each event, including the field event relays.

Fredericksburg, Aldrich said, won 11 of 24 field relays and eight of 28 running relays.

“We had a few disqualifications in the relays due to exchange problems which cost us a few medals, but those mistakes will get corrected over the next few weeks once we set our relays and can get consistent hand-off practice,” Aldrich said.

He added, “I am excited that we had many field event relays since we are trying to build depth in our field events so that we can have success later in the season in our championship phase.”

“We are looking forward to getting all of our kids back in the program with many recovering from illnesses right now over the next few weeks,” Aldrich said.

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