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Monroe City School District youth can expect to remain active through the month of June with new opportunities being offered in Track and Field. Beth Keller, co-founder of the Dennis Hancook Memorial Scholarship Fund, is helping organize a weekly track meet for ages 0-18 years old, for those who live in the MCR-1 School district, Keller Stated, “Our family has always loved track and field and my dad was an instrumental part of instilling that love. We give at least one scholarship in memory of my dad, Dennis Hancock, each year. We wanted to find a way to give back to our community, just like my dad always did, while also raising funds for his scholarship.”

Those interested in participating will need to register each Tuesday, starting June 8, at 4:30 p.m., running through July 6. Events will begin at 5:30 p.m. Different age groups will have different events to choose from which include a 50m dash, 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m run, 800m run, and 1600m run, as well as Long jump and Shot Put which will be done cafeteria style. “We hope the youth that participate have fun and learn a little bit about track and field.

The idea of hosting the youth track meets came after some brainstorming of ways we could continue dad’s legacy and love of helping area youth. Dad had talked about doing something like this and it is an idea that Brian (my brother) and I hoped to bring to life.”

The cost of the event will be $5 per athlete per meet, with a chance to earn a ribbon for the top 8 qualifiers in each event. All proceeds will help support the Dennis Hancock Memorial Scholarship Fund. Keller stated, “Our number one goal in hosting these youth track meets is to teach kids about track and field. My dad loved teaching and helping kids find success, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor his memory.”