ARHS wants to bring banner home
AMHERST- The 4x100m relay is one of the premier events in track and field and if your looking for two girls to run on your team you can't do much better than Justine Landry and Laura Conrad.
The two Grade 11 track athletes at Amherst Regional High School head to Halifax today to compete on the synthetic track at the provincial track meet.
During last week's regionals in Truro, their 4x100m senior girls relay team came in second place and they both hope to place in the medals at the provincials.
"I think we could medal," Landry said. "But finishing in the top five would be good."
Conrad also hopes for a medal but adds that anything in the top eight would be acceptable.
The top eight athletes in each event are given points that go toward laying claim to the overall provincial championship banner.
Central Kings brought ARHS's 13-year run as provincial champions to an end last year.
Both girls say the banner is the ultimate goal and track and field coach Fred Gould agrees.
"It would be nice to get the banner back," Gould said. "Last year we got beat by a team we didn't expect to get beat by. Every year is different."
One advantage for ARHS heading into the provincials is they're running times are guaranteed to get faster thanks to the synthetic track.
"The district and regionals are on a dirt track," Landry said. "When you run on the synthetic track at the provincials you feel like your flying."
The boys 4x100m relay team finished in first place Truro.