E.B. Chandler ready for districts
AMHERST - Amherst has a winning tradition in provincial track and field championships and thatradition begins with students at EB Chandler Jr. High School.
"E.B. Chandler has won the provincial title about five times in the last 20 years," said coach Ken MacKenzie, who coaches track and field with five other coaches at the school. "That's a nice record considering we're only a two-grade school."
The school will field 50 students at the district meet to be held tomorrow and Saturday in Oxford.
"We have a very good bunch of kids," MacKenzie added. "They're very competitive and as a team they really do look after one another and pull for the other kids."
MacKenzie said this year's stock of athletes is very strong.
"It's a very good bunch of athletes compared to other years. There will do very, very well in their events and I expect a handful, maybe eight to 10 to go to the provincials."
Making their way to the provincials is no easy task.
"We take about 25 or 30 kids to the regionals in Truro and it's very difficult to get by Truro because only the top four go to the provincials in Halifax," MacKenzie said. "At that point it becomes very, very difficult.
"Those ones who do go to the provincials really do deserve a lot of credit because they do really prove themselves to be some of the top track athletes in Nova Scotia," MacKenzie added.
In the future many of the athletes will go to Amherst Regional High School where they will compete as seniors.
"The history of track and field has really been followed through in Amherst," MacKenzie said. "Maybe it's because the high school has done so well, the junior high has had the goal of fielding a strong team when they go to high school.
"The high school has won the provincials a huge amount of times so it gives the younger athletes something to look up to."