May 19, 2011 |

Helpers sought for Hershey track meet

Physical education teacher Ray Chapin is seeking volunteers to help with the Hershey’s Track Meet, an elementary school classic held for decades on the final day of classes. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Chapin said he’ll need about 20 volunteers to serve as timers and judges. About 100 youths participate. Haines typically does well compared to other schools in the state, though it’s rare when a local student is tops in the Northwest region, winning a free ticket to the championship meet in Hershey, Pa.

Last year the 4-by-100 relay of Madison Chapin, Laila McGuire, Makayla Crager, and Grace Lambert placed first in the state among girls ages 9-10. The 4-by-100 relay squad of Serena Badgley, Coral Bauer, Grace Jones and Celia Bower also placed first in the state, among girls ages 13-14. Badgley, now a Haines High standout, got her start in the Hershey meet and last year won the 100-meter dash statewide for girls ages 13-14.

"Serena broke one of her own records last year. I think we’ll see a lot of the same thing this year," Chapin said.

Besides traditional track and field events there are meet-specific ones like standing long jump and softball throw, plus a couple Chapin invents, like hula-hoop and water-balloon races. "We like to mix it up and make it fun."

To volunteer, call the school at 766-6700.