Michigan Indoor Track Series aids runners through the winter

  • Runners like Andrew Fathman plan to attend and compete in some of MITS' meets.

Caleb Topp
T’Hawk Staff Writer

Not many people know about the Michigan Indoor Track Series. The series kicked off the season on December 6 with the Gazelle Sports Holiday Classic at Grand Valley State University’s athletic complex. The season goes until the state meet on February 28.

When I asked a MITS why they organize an indoor track series they told me “(Our goal) is to put on a State Meet to showcase the amazing talent we have here in Michigan.” MITS  has been doing just that ever since it was started by Charles Jenke in the 1970s.

These meets are attended by many of Michigan’s elites like Grand Blanc’s Grant Fisher who won the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships and is expected to win at Nationals again this year.

The state meet is the final meet of the series. Qualifying for the state meet in the indoor track series is very similar to qualifying for any other state meet. For each event there is a set time that athletes need to meet to qualify for the state meet.

Meets are hosted by local colleges at their indoor sports complexes. Meets are held all over the state but many of the venues are in the area like at Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Aquinas College, and Central Michigan University.

The meets are open to anyone; but, middle school and high school athletes are the targeted crowd. The cost is $10 for athletes and $5 for spectators and coaches.  Events range from the 3200m to the 60m hurdles however each athlete can only compete in four events. The field events usually start first with the the running events to follow.

For more information visit http://mitstrack.org/ .

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