The qualifiers for the 2017 PSS/McDonald’s All Schools Track and Field Championships are ongoing at the Hopwood Middle School Field.
Yesterday, the organizing Northern Marianas Athletics held qualifying races in the boys and girls U7, U9, and U11’s 400m and 800m with students from Oleai Elementary School, Saipan Community School, William S. Reyes Elementary School. Agape Christian School, and Whispering Palms School scheduled to compete in the middle distance runs.
Today, the qualifiers for the boys and girls U11, U13, U15, and U18 are open to all schools. Events lined are 400m, 800m, 1,500m, and 3,000m runs and shot put and discus throw. Qualifiers in the 60m, 100m, and 200m runs and javelin throw for the same age group took place last Monday.
NMA had also set the qualifiers for the 400m, 800m, and 1,500m runs in the U7, U9, and U11 divisions for Kagman Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, Saipan International School, and Mount Carmel School last Tuesday, but no students showed up at the Hopwood field.
Students who missed this week and last’s trials will still have a chance to qualify for the All Schools meet that will be held from May 11 to 13. Three more qualifying days (make-ups) are scheduled with Monday’s (May 1) events (60m, 100m, 200m, and javelin) for Oleai, Brilliant Star, WSR, Agape, and Whispering Palms students. The same four events are slated for the May 2 qualifiers, but only students of Kagman, Koblerville, SIS, Whispering Palms, and Mt. Carmel will compete. For the last day of the qualifiers (May 3) U11, U13, U15, and U18 students from all schools can compete in the 60m, 100m, and 200m races, and javelin throw.
Meet director Elias Rangamar said that each student can enter as many events as they want, however he is encouraging schools to control their entries to finish the series of qualifiers before the sun sets.
Qualifiers from Saipan will be joined in the meet by Tinian and Rota students, who have already confirmed their participation to next month’s championships.