CONCORDIA, Kansas — For the first time in over a decade, Cloud County Community College will play host to a collegiate track meet as this Wednesday marks the inaugural Cloud County Thunderbird Classic.
Running and jumping events will be held at the newly renovated Harold M. Clark Stadium on the Concordia High School campus, while the throwing events will take place on the Cloud County Community College campus.
Action is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. with the men's shot put and the long jump competitions. Running events start at 2 p.m. with the 10,000-meter run.
Cloud County is anticipating between 5-8 teams making their way to Concordia, including four-year institutions in Fort Hays State University (NCAA Division II) and the University of Saint Mary's (NAIA).
Also coming to town will be Region VI rivals in Colby, Barton, Pratt and Dodge City for what will serve as the final tune-up before the teams head off to the Region VI/KJCCC Championships on May 3-4.
The Cloud County men's team is currently ranked No. 5 in the country in the Week 3 poll released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while the women's team is ranked No. 6 in the country.
In addition to the collegiate events, there will be two fan interactive races held during the meet.
A college student co-ed 4X100-meter relay race is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Interested parties may sign up at the track.
Also, at 5:30 p.m., a special 100-meter dash will be held for Kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Parents may sign up their kids at the Check-In tent prior to 5:15 p.m.
For fans still looking to participate in Wednesday's meet, Cloud County is accepting volunteers to help staff the event in the following areas:
10:00 a.m. Openings
Long Jump- Rake
2:30 p.m. Openings
Steeple Chase- Barrier movers
4x100m Relay- Judge
100m/110m/400m- Hurdle Hustlers and starting blocks
Volunteers are asked to contact Cloud County assistant coach Drew Mahin via email at email@example.com.