Shadyside Relays planning under way

Spring is just right around the corner so track and field meets can’t be far behind. Soon the Shadyside Relays will be held at Fleming Field in Shadyside for it’s 42nd annual meet.

This is the second year under the administration of Shadyside High School. Superintendent and committee member John Haswell said, “We are happy to hold this track and field meet and continue the quality tradition it has earned.”

John Triveri, who is completing his first year as Athletic Director and first time on the committee said that though this is a new learning experience for him it is a pleasure to work with the highly dedicated community members that serve on the committee.

“We could not hold such a meet if not for the community members who put in much time to make sure the meet goes on without a hitch.”

Some of the usual characters are again involved in planning and running the Shadyside Relays. Butch Joseph was involved since the inception. Jerry Narcisi is spending his 41st year with the Relays.

Rich Rosser, Donna Joseph, Homer Ullom and Jim Bittengle have been involved for many years.

There is also a youth movement as many young adults are getting involved. Jenna Coyne, Head Girls Track Coach is serving as the Co-director.

Her brother Jayson Johnson is the Co-chairperson. Michael Kernik, first year Head Boys Coach is also on the committee along with several other young adults.

The Shadyside Relays will be held on April 20th. Preliminary running events and all field events will begin at 10:30.

The opening ceremony, followed by the finals will begin at approximately at 2:40.

Butch Joseph is estimating that there will be a field of boys and girls teams numbering in the mid 20s each, which will include nearly 800 student-athletes.

Along with the traditional flag raising, national anthem and opening prayer, the opening ceremony will feature the recognition of officials who have passed on and a special recognition of Tom Vichich.

Vichich recently passed away at his Florida home.

He was the cofounder of the Shadyside Relays, instrumental in building the quality characteristics of the Relays and a highly successful track coach, teacher and athletic director at Shadyside HS.

The Shadyside Relays will host the traditional Social/Reception the evening before the Relays. Coaches, Officials, Committee members and their guests will be admitted at no cost.

The general public is welcome to attend at a small cost of $10 per person or $15 per couple. Good food, beverages, drawings and great fellowship will be included.

The Shadyside Relays wishes to recognize the many community sponsors that make this event possible by contributing towards the nearly $7000 cost to operate the event.