There’s a new invitational track and field meet on the schedule
this year, and it replaces one of Kitsap’s biggest meets.
The South Kitsap relays is Saturday at Joe Knowles Stadium. It mimics the Bremerton Relays, which was run successfully under former coach for Lloyd Pugh for many years.
The plug was pulled on the Bremerton Relays in 2009 because the new track was laid down with a narrow lane and it was never rebooted.
“We thought we’d try something different,” SK co-track and field coach Paul Zimmer said.
The relays will replace the South Kitsap Invitational, which was held every year in late April. It was typically the biggest meet in Kitsap and used to be one of the top invitationals in the state.
Zimmer said the competition with many of the other big meets around the state took away from the competition at the SK Invite.
Often it was shortly after the Pasco Invitational, which is the top regular-season meet in the state. The SK Invite competed against some other top meets such as the Larry Eason Invitatonal in Snohomish, which SK is attending.
The relays run every event as a relay, including field events, meaning each team has four competitors and the team’s total decides the winner. The relays also have the steeplechase, which is rare at high school meets.
Ten teams will partake in the meet: Port Townsend, Klahowya, Olympic, Port Angeles, Auburn Mountainview, Bremerton, Lincoln, Peninsula, Olympia and South Kitsap.
The field events begin at 11 a.m. and the track events start at noon.