2021 NW Flyers Track & Field Hosted Meet Info
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January 16, 2019, Houston, TX — The Northwest Flyers, a USA Track and Field (USATF) affiliate, kicks off the 2019 youth club track season by hosting its track meet on May 25 at Prairie View A&M University. Sanctioned by USATF, the track meet is open to all youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Track clubs, as well as unattached athletes, are welcomed; however, a USATF membership card is required to compete. The entry fee is $8 for athletes and $7 for spectators. The meet will offer all traditional track field events. The running events will include hurdles, sprints, middle distance, and relays. Field events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put and discus will also compete.
Meet director Tony Runnels commented, “Last year’s Flyers team qualified forty-four (44) athletes to the US Junior Olympics Sacramento, CA. Although all those kids are back with us, Houston is loaded with track talent … it’s our first big test to advance our athletes to this year’s Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas”.
The meet planners are expecting over 2500 athletes from the Gulf Coast region of Texas, from beginners to elite, including several youth track national record holders and Texas high school track meet standouts. Runnels added, “the Flyers meet is the largest regular season (pre-lim) youth track meet in the state, that’s why we had to move to a 10,000 seat facility to accommodate the growth”. The meet will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Prairie View A&M University, 700 University Drive, Prairie View, TX 77446. Events start at 7:30 am on Saturday.
The Northwest Flyers Track Club is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1987 by Fred Newhouse, a US Olympic gold medalist in track field. The club which is one of the largest programs in the nation has approximately 300 members, boys, and girls, from ages 6 to 18.
NW FLYERS PERFORMANCES HEADLINE THE LOCAL NEWS SPORTS COVERAGE
Jason Baker, sports reporter for the Houston Chronicle, covered our track meet for most of the day and filed the following newspaper article. What a great story on the NW Flyers.
TRACK AND FIELD: FLYERS FLY AT HOME MEET
by JASON BAKER, CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT | May 31, 2011, 5:33 pm
Saturday, the Northwest Flyers Track Club hosted its annual home meet at Rice Stadium with around 35 different youth track clubs from across the state of Texas.
The all-day meet brought in over 2,500 youth athletes ranging from ages 8 to 18 and over 5,000 fans in attendance.
“Overall, we had a great meet with great track performances, and a spirited crowd cheering remarkably loud all day,” meet director Pal Roach said. Roach is also one of the head coaches of the Flyers club.
Roach said the meet originally scheduled at Klein stadium but was moved to Rice Stadium due to ongoing construction.
“Rice University offered a wonderful opportunity for youth athletes to compete at a premier college track facility which just last week hosted the Conference USA Outdoor College Track Field Championships,” Roach said.
Through the day, the Flyers as a team obtained 12 gold medals. Ten individual and two relay competitions including the 9-10-year-olds boys 4×400 relay. One of the Flyers, Tori Mack, won two medals in the shot put and discus in the 17-18-year-old women’s division.
Roach said the Flyers will be in action this weekend at a meet at Butler Stadium. Then later in June, they will compete in the Houston area championship June 24-25, followed by a state-wide championship in Arlington July 5-9, then the U.S. Olympic Junior National Championship July 26-August 1st held in Wichita, Kan.
Roach said that in order to qualify for the National Championship in Wichita, an athlete must place in the top 5 in their event at the state-wide championship. But Roach was confident that it will happen.
“We think we will qualify 50 or more Northwest Flyers athletes to the Junior Olympics National Championship in Wichita,” Roach said.