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    W e d n e s d ayAuguSt 8, 2012

    Racin FoR MasonInaugural TrIaThlon

    Andy Meyer/The Smithville Herald

    runners jog to the biking portion during the Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy up Triathlon on Sunday, aug. 5, at Smithville lake. The first-year event was in honor of Mason, a Kearney high School graduate who died in afghanistan in august 2011. The race drew in hundreds of runners and received rave reviews.

    Runners Cowboy Up in memorial eventBy Andy Meyer

    Whenever his friends or family lacked motivation, Matt Mason always had one piece of advice for them Cow-boy Up.

    A Kearney High School graduate and former Navy Seal, Mason used the expression often with his close group of friends as they competed in triathlons together, including Steve Zimmer.

    Its something that Matt always said to us, Zimmer said. If we were down, if we were behind, if we had a bad attitude, whatever the case may be, it was, Cowboy Up.

    Hundreds of racers took the motto to heart Sunday, Aug. 5, during the inaugural Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy Up Triathlon

    at Smithville Lake. The event com-memorated Mason, who lost his life in Afghanistan almost a year ago to the date the race took place.

    In its first year, the event exceeded nearly all expectations, as nearly 300 triathletes crossed the finish line, many of them waving Ameri-can flags provided to them. The tri-athlon took on a very patriotic feel, and was a fitting tribute to such a special person that was remembered fondly by everyone that knew him, Zimmer said.

    Its been incredible, said Zim-mer, the Race Director. It far sur-passed any of our wildest dreams and all of our goals. I think it came together really well.

    Anyone that drove out to Crows Creek Campground for the race was greeted by several unique elements Andy Meyer/The Smithville Herald

    Betty Mason awards a medal to Thomas Woodward after he completed the Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy up Triathlon on Sunday, aug. 5, at Smithville lake.

    Andy Meyer/The Smithville Herald

    Smithville junior Troy Williams concentrates on the ball during a drill Monday, aug. 6, during the first day of fall sports practice at Smithville high School as team coaches watch him.

    Fresh start for WarriorsSMIThvIlle hIgh SChool SporTS

    Coaches exercise caution amid warm weather conditions

    By Andy Meyer

    Coaches shouting instruc-

    tions. Students pushing themselves to finish the next challenge. It can only mean one thing.

    Sports are back in full swing.

    Wind sprints and warm weather greeted Smithvilles student-athletes on Monday, Aug. 6, as they geared up for the 2012 fall sports season. Players involved in football, boys soccer, volleyball, soft-ball, cross country and girls golf all had their first prac-tices Monday and will all be

    competing by the end of the month.

    Smithville football coach Greg Smith conducted a morning practice on the field behind Smithville Middle School with roughly 90 players in attendance. And though the team has participated in multiple camps and activates during the summer, he said the first day of official practice always has a little different feel to it.

    I think were chomp-ing at the bit. Theres no doubt, Smith said. The kids are excited. Coaches are excited. Each years dif-ferent, and right now, Im excited to see what kind of identity this group carves out for themselves.

    Coming off a season that featured the teams first

    Midland Empire Conference championship, the football squad didnt waste any time getting back to work.

    Following a morning meeting, the Warriors went through a series of introduc-tory drills during the Mon-day practice that warmed up as the day progressed. Though temperatures were in the 70s at the start of the day, they slowly climbed into the mid-80s by the end of the practice.

    Smith said he and his coaches always keep their eye on the players and make sure theyre staying hydrated, which is especially important considering the high temperatures that have dominated the teams sum-mer activities.

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