Area track and field teams will compete in three invitationals tonight as local squads compete in events all over the region this weekend.
Carey will join 11 schools at Friday’s Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger Invitational. Field events begin at 5:15 p.m with running events slated for 5:45 p.m. beginning with the 3,200-meter relay.
Carey’s girls and Benjamin Logan’s boys are the defending champions. Other schools scheduled to compete include Allen East, Lima Bath, Indian Lake, Sidney Lehman, Parkway, Lima Perry, Ridgemont, Riverside and Triad.
Elmwood and North Baltimore will be part of an 11-team field at today’s 10th annual Gibsonburg Golden Bear Invitational, Field events begin at 4:30 p.m. Running event semifinals are at 5:15 p.m. followed by the running event finals at 6:45 p.m.
Woodmore’s girls and Swanton’s boys are the defending champs. Other teams competing include Maumee Valley Country Day, Northwood, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Fremont St. Joseph, and Toledo Christian.
Findlay and Liberty-Benton will head to Pemberville for the Eastwood Relays as Toledo Whitmer’s girls and Bowling Green’s boys will try to defend their titles. Sylvania Southview, Clyde and Napoleon will make up the remainder of the eight-team field.
Field events begin at 4:30 p.m. with running events at 5:45 p.m.
Also Friday, Ottawa-Glandorf and Pandora-Gilboa will head to Wapakoneta to compete in the Wapakoneta Relays at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday features a trio of locally-hosted invitationals at Fostoria, Hardin Northern and Upper Sandusky.
A total of 14 schools will converge on Fostoria’s Memorial Stadium as Fostoria High School hosts the Fostoria Booster Invitational.
Action begins at 9 a.m. with the field events. Running event semifinals are set for 10 a.m. with the finals at noon.
Springfield, last year’s boys and girls champions, will not compete in this year’s event.
Host Fostoria will be joined by St. Wendelin, Arcadia, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort and Liberty-Benton. Genoa, Toledo Horizon Science, Ida, Mich., Seneca East, Lima Temple Christian and Toledo Woodward are also scheduled to compete.
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
At Upper Sandusky, the Rams will host the 14th annual Gerald Swankhouse Invitational.
The meet begins at 9:30 a.m. with the field events. Running event prelims begin at 10 a.m. followed by the finals 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 200-meter dash semifinals.
In addition to Upper Sandusky, Kenton, Lexington, Mohawk, Galion Northmor, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton and River Valley will also participate. Admission to the meet is $6 for adults and $5 for students.
A dozen teams will compete at the Hardin Northern Invitational.
Upper Scioto Valley is back to defend the boys team title while Riverdale is the defending girls champion. Other teams in the event, in addition to the host Polar Bears, include Ada, Arlington, Cory-Rawson, Leipsic, Vanlue, Tiffin Calvert, Calvary Christian and Gilead Christian.
Field events at Hardin Northern begin at 9 a.m. with running event semifinals at 10 a.m. finals begin one hour after the conclusion of the boys 200-meter dash preliminaries.
Putnam County schools Kalida, Fort Jennings and Ottoville should all have solid showings at the Delphos St. John’s Invitational. Field events begin at 9 a.m. with running events set for 10 a.m.
Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. Johns, Lima Central Catholic, Lincolnview and New Knoxville are also set to compete.
Also on Saturday, Van Buren and Bluffton will head to Tiffin for the Tiffin Columbian Bill Krause Invitational. Patrick Henry, Continental and Columbus Grove will be in Ayersville’s Bob Diller Invitational.