Northern Lights Track Club hosts first annual track and field even

SARANAC - Having been a runner for the majority of his life, Matt Medeiros is looking to expand a local track club, which began with an All Comers Track and Field Meet last weekend.

On June 20, runners throughout the region participated in the meet which saw racers of all ages.

Matt Medeiros, who now assists his father, James Medeiros, track and cross country coach for Saranac Central School, has "stepped up" to become president of the Northern Lights Track Club.

"[Mark Elmore] had the local track club; it was the Momentum Track Club," James Medeiros explained of the former Beekmantown Central School track coach. "He's now moved out of the area and the club kind of disbanded."

However, both Matt and James Medeiros explained two local runners, Sherod Luscombe and Willy Watkins decided to begin NLTC nearly five years ago, but have since looked to someone else to continue the club.

"That's when Matt stepped up," James Medeiros said. "I didn't really want Matt to kind of go into this by himself. Not that he can't handle it ... but I've been around and experience counts. Anything I can do to help him, I will, but he calls the shots."

Matt Medeiros admits the new role has been stressful, but in the long run he can see the benefits.

"To see people out there doing stuff they want to do and have fun doing it; if we can put on events like that more and more, we'll grow as a sport, which will be good," he explained.

Matt Medeiros' first step in growing the sport of track and field was to host the All Comers meet, which raised $150 toward the club.

"Since [Luscombe and Watson] formed [the club], it's been pretty much road events," Matt Medeiros said. "And, I'm trying to get more track involved. Expand it so it's not just road running."

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