Weather hindering spring sports teams
Published: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Custer County may need moisture, but don’t tell that to the Custer High School track and golf teams.
While an April full of rain and snow storms were helpful to the environment, it brought the spring sports season to a screeching halt. Both the track and golf teams went the better part of three weeks without competing, for the most part forced inside for days the sports that are supposed to be played and practiced outdoors.
The constant indoor practices have been tough on athletes and coaches alike who are itching to get outdoors and get back into a season that is slipping away.
“It does get tough. We were three weeks without a meet,” Custer head track coach Craig Black said. “You can work on a lot of things and do a lot of drills, but it stretches coaches and athletes both.”
Among the victims of the weather were the Center of the Nation Meet in Belle Fourche (cancelled), Rapid City Invitational (postponed) and Custer Invitational (postponed). Before competing in the Sturgis Invitational April 27, the track team had gone 22 days without competing.
“We do take them outside when we can,” Black said. “Sometimes a road has been plowed and the sun has burned it off, so we can go out and run along the road.”
The team moved the hurdles and high jump pits out a couple of weeks ago thinking the worst of the storms had passed, only to have to bring them back in again.
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