If your sneakers are ready and your throwing arm is stretched, then the only thing you have left to do to prepare for Thursday's meet is to register.
The deadline to sign up for the local Hershey Track and Field qualifying event, which is being hosted by the town parks and recreation department, is today by 7 p.m. (Note: the only way to register is online.)
The local event, part of a series of similar events held across the country, will start on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. with check-in at 3:30 p.m. at McVicar Field at . The rain date is May 9th.
All boys and girls from nine to 14-years-old are welcome to participate. At least five children from each state will be chosen to in Hershey, PA, in August.
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Currently, two men from Connecticut hold the records in two age groups for the standing long jump:
- Kaiuway Boima, of New Britain, set the Boys 11-12 record in 2004 with a jump of more than 9 feet.
- Paul Punsal, of Orange, set the Boys 13-14 record in 1986 with a jump of more than 10 feet.
Maybe this is the year that a young man or woman from Rocky Hill sets the record for the softball throw, or possibly for one of the runs or dashes. The only limit is his or her capability.