More than 1,000 expected at annual Mark Anthony Graham track and field meet

Community May 03, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Well over 1,000 athletes are expected to attend the Mark Anthony Graham Memorial track and field meet next week.

The annual event — this is the eighth year — is held at Mohawk Sports Park. Last year, more than 1,400 athletes competed.

On May 7, there could be more, says meet director Dan Clark.

The meet is named in memory of Private Mark Anthony Graham, a four-time OFSAA 400-metre champion from 1989-1992 who attended Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School and went on to run for Canada in the 1992 Olympics. Graham was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006.

Some of the proceeds from the event fund a scholarship at MacNab in Graham’s name.

The signature events of the meet are two 400m feature races — the Mark Graham Invitational for boys; Susan Kosak Invitational for girls.

Schools pay a flat fee for as many athletes as they wish to send and athletes are allowed to enter any event they wish. That allows a student to try something they may not have before and test their ability in the event before their school’s own meet.

“We’re not out to make money from fees, we just want people to participate,” says Clark. “That’s the way Mark would have wanted it.”

Schools started signing up in March and there could be up to 40 schools that attend. But it’s hard to determine how many will actually attend until the teams show up next Thursday morning.

In the past, the meet has attracted interest from Toronto-area schools and as far away as London, Ont. Some athletes use the meet as an early tune-up to the season while others like to scout out the competition.

“It’s a great opportunity to see who you’re going to be up against at regionals,” says Clark.

During this year’s meet, organizers are running two sets of 100m sprints at a time. Last year, with so many athletes entered, the increased number of races caused delays to other events, said Clarke.

“We had so many kids running the 100 metres we’ll have to run both straightaways to alleviate the problem and get everybody in.”

A committee of eight organizes the meet; up to 40 students and 10 teachers from MacNab, where Clark served as athletics convener until his retirement last year, volunteer on the day of the  meet.

More than 1,000 expected at annual Mark Anthony Graham track and field meet

Annual event is May 7 at Mohawk Sports Park

Community May 03, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Well over 1,000 athletes are expected to attend the Mark Anthony Graham Memorial track and field meet next week.

The annual event — this is the eighth year — is held at Mohawk Sports Park. Last year, more than 1,400 athletes competed.

On May 7, there could be more, says meet director Dan Clark.

The meet is named in memory of Private Mark Anthony Graham, a four-time OFSAA 400-metre champion from 1989-1992 who attended Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School and went on to run for Canada in the 1992 Olympics. Graham was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006.

We’re not out to make money from fees, we just want people to participate. That’s the way Mark would have wanted it.

Some of the proceeds from the event fund a scholarship at MacNab in Graham’s name.

The signature events of the meet are two 400m feature races — the Mark Graham Invitational for boys; Susan Kosak Invitational for girls.

Schools pay a flat fee for as many athletes as they wish to send and athletes are allowed to enter any event they wish. That allows a student to try something they may not have before and test their ability in the event before their school’s own meet.

“We’re not out to make money from fees, we just want people to participate,” says Clark. “That’s the way Mark would have wanted it.”

Schools started signing up in March and there could be up to 40 schools that attend. But it’s hard to determine how many will actually attend until the teams show up next Thursday morning.

In the past, the meet has attracted interest from Toronto-area schools and as far away as London, Ont. Some athletes use the meet as an early tune-up to the season while others like to scout out the competition.

“It’s a great opportunity to see who you’re going to be up against at regionals,” says Clark.

During this year’s meet, organizers are running two sets of 100m sprints at a time. Last year, with so many athletes entered, the increased number of races caused delays to other events, said Clarke.

“We had so many kids running the 100 metres we’ll have to run both straightaways to alleviate the problem and get everybody in.”

A committee of eight organizes the meet; up to 40 students and 10 teachers from MacNab, where Clark served as athletics convener until his retirement last year, volunteer on the day of the  meet.

More than 1,000 expected at annual Mark Anthony Graham track and field meet

Annual event is May 7 at Mohawk Sports Park

Community May 03, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Well over 1,000 athletes are expected to attend the Mark Anthony Graham Memorial track and field meet next week.

The annual event — this is the eighth year — is held at Mohawk Sports Park. Last year, more than 1,400 athletes competed.

On May 7, there could be more, says meet director Dan Clark.

The meet is named in memory of Private Mark Anthony Graham, a four-time OFSAA 400-metre champion from 1989-1992 who attended Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School and went on to run for Canada in the 1992 Olympics. Graham was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006.

We’re not out to make money from fees, we just want people to participate. That’s the way Mark would have wanted it.

Some of the proceeds from the event fund a scholarship at MacNab in Graham’s name.

The signature events of the meet are two 400m feature races — the Mark Graham Invitational for boys; Susan Kosak Invitational for girls.

Schools pay a flat fee for as many athletes as they wish to send and athletes are allowed to enter any event they wish. That allows a student to try something they may not have before and test their ability in the event before their school’s own meet.

“We’re not out to make money from fees, we just want people to participate,” says Clark. “That’s the way Mark would have wanted it.”

Schools started signing up in March and there could be up to 40 schools that attend. But it’s hard to determine how many will actually attend until the teams show up next Thursday morning.

In the past, the meet has attracted interest from Toronto-area schools and as far away as London, Ont. Some athletes use the meet as an early tune-up to the season while others like to scout out the competition.

“It’s a great opportunity to see who you’re going to be up against at regionals,” says Clark.

During this year’s meet, organizers are running two sets of 100m sprints at a time. Last year, with so many athletes entered, the increased number of races caused delays to other events, said Clarke.

“We had so many kids running the 100 metres we’ll have to run both straightaways to alleviate the problem and get everybody in.”

A committee of eight organizes the meet; up to 40 students and 10 teachers from MacNab, where Clark served as athletics convener until his retirement last year, volunteer on the day of the  meet.