Ten Prince Rupert student-athletes will represent the North Coast this weekend at the Northwest regional zone championships in Smithers.
Though the Rupert contingent reaches double digits, coach Dighton Haynes said that number is on the lower end of teams he’s taken to zones in the past.
“[It is] my smallest team ever for zones. This includes my years in Stewart too,” he mentioned.
Despite the low totals for 2015, the numbers should be higher next year when a large crop of athletes from Prince Rupert Middle School graduate and become part of the Charles Hays Rainmakers selection of track stars.
Among the Rupert team working to grab a spot at provincials this weekend are six middle school students – Maddy Abrahams, Jessica Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Sean Sahai, David Armstrong and Andy Chugh.
Four Rainmakers are taking to the track as well, including Jason Rioux, Cody Schaeffer, Quin Diep and Kevin Rioux.
All the middle school athletes will compete in sprints, hurdles and long jump and Sahai is tentatively scheduled to take part in discus throw and javelin throw.
Jason Rioux will run the 100, 200 and 400 metre distance races and participate in long jump and high jump, Kevin Rioux will race in the 100 and 200 and take part in long, high and triple jump, Schaeffer will try his hand in the 100, 200 and 400 races and long jump and Diep is scheduled to compete in the 100 metre race, shot put, javelin throw and discus throw.