Just like the Olympics, our program includes traditional running events, relay races, and field events. All athletes compete at their own level and are awarded medals and ribbons for their achievement. Everyone is a winner.
St. Joseph Parish is a participant of Mission Valley Track & Field League, known to us as Section III. There are 10+ parishes, approximately 500+ kids that compete during our regular meets. We generally have 5 regular meets during the season plus a relay meet, a Sectional Qualifier for the Diocese, a Sectional Final for K-2 and of course, the Diocesan Finals.
Our track program has been around for a very long time. On the average, we have about 90+ athletes that participate in our program. Grades 3-8 make up the majority of the team while K-2 accounts for about 40 kids. We also have an equal balance of athletes that are parishioners, christians, and others who live within the boundaries of our church.
Track is an individual sport. Our league provides ribbons for merit of completion, regardless of what place the athlete achieves. As always, there will always someone who is faster or jumps higher, or throws farther. Our program teaches the kids to better their efforts each time. More importantly, we encourage the kids to have fun and acknowledge God's blessings each day.