CRYSTAL FALLS—If high school sports really do build character, then the members of Forest Park’s track team should be able to deal with anything.
They have already had to deal with the loss of the first weeks of their season due to a late spring that has looked more like winter at times.
The team’s first meet was supposed to be on April 17, inside the Superior Dome in Marquette. Surely the weather can’t stop an indoor track meet, can it?
Conditions inside the dome were just fine for high school track, as larger schools competed in indoor meets the two previous days. But a major snowstorm moved into the western U.P. for April 17, dumping heavy loads of heavy snow. Roads were awful. The meet was called off.
Last week, the Trojans were planning to take part in the Florence Invitational on April 22. But the grounds were still too soggy for track, and the meet was canceled.
On April 24, the team set its sights on Niagara, Wis., and the Niagara Invitational. But another storm system packing a one-two punch of chilly rain and wind got their first. School officials waited nearly all morning before canceling the event.
This week, the Trojans have a meet at North Dickinson on Tuesday, April 29. As of Monday morning, the weather forecast for Tuesday did not look very promising: Another cold, blustery day seemed to be in the offing.
Coach Erich Ziegler was staying positive. “We live in the U.P.,” he noted. “The weather is something that, if looked at with a positive attitude, can make a student-athlete tougher both mentally and physically.”
That is what he is doing as a coach. The Trojans are “are looking at it with a positive attitude, and we are getting our work done.” The team is getting in good practices, he said, and is looking forward to competing against other schools.
Think positive. Next week, the Trojans have invitationals scheduled at Norway on May 5 and at Rapid River on May 8.