Langley Mustangs athlete Jade Lenton got in an off season speed workout under the lights at McLeod Athletic Park this month. Thanks to some creative flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, the club membership numbers are close to pre-virus levels (Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club video)

Langley Mustangs athlete Jade Lenton got in an off season speed workout under the lights at McLeod Athletic Park this month. Thanks to some creative flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, the club membership numbers are close to pre-virus levels (Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club video)

Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club is ‘getting towards normal,’ president says

Membership is almost back to pre-COVID levels

Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club has managed to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic by being “agile,” as club president Kevin Harrison put it.

“Because of COVID, we had to be kind of flexible,” Harrison told the Langley Advance Times.

As of Saturday, Feb. 20, Harrison estimated membership numbers were almost back to pre-COVID levels, thanks to a creative approach that has seen the club introduce new off season training for junior development and high school aged athletes, and may see them holding smaller training sessions, more often, at Langley tracks other than McLeod Athletic Park (MAP), their home base.

READ ALSO: A return to the track for Langley Mustangs

One way the club adapted to the new pandemic realties was by creating a new off-season, six-week-long, speed program, that filled up quickly.

“It’s good timing to be offering things in the off-season,” Harrison remarked.

“People just wanted to get moving again.”

With the Township limiting MAP to one sport at a time, Mustangs runners have been able to get their laps in, while maintaining appropriate distancing.

“It’s working well,’ Harrison said of the agreement with the Township.

“It’s a really safe environment.”

Now, with the Mustangs’ big season for track and field looming in April, the club is poised to continue its recovery from the initial COVID lockdown.

READ ALSO: Langley Mustangs runner sets Canadian record

“It definitely hurt us and we had to rebuild,” Harrison allowed.

And they have – normally, there are around 40 runners in the club’s high school program, and it is currently on track to reach 35.

“We are seeing generally, steady rising, membership,” Harrison said.

Even more encouraging, the junior development program, which usually has about 100 athletes, is looking like it could do it again.

“We feel like we could hit 80 or 90, or even 100,” Harrison projected.

“We’re getting towards normal.”

Now, the club has the enviable problem of accommodating all those athletes, under circumstances where the coach to athlete ratio has been restricted.

Possibilities under consideration could see some training sessions moved to other Langley tracks, and even holding more frequent, smaller practices, five a week instead of three.

For the Mustangs club, which already kept coach to athlete ratios on the low side for better quality instruction, it’s not as big an adjustment as some other sports.

There is also a decent chance some of the Mustangs athletes will even be able to compete.

According to the club website, BC Athletics will be allowing track meets – with restrictions that will limit the maximum number of people in the competition area to 50.

Is there more to the story? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusLangley TownshipTrack and field

Just Posted

Single Moms Oil Change in 2017. (Aldergrove Star files)
Single Moms Oil Change to be held for first time in more than one year

Free oil change for single parents offered by Acts of Kindness at Church in the Valley on Sunday

Langley Grad Week 2021 runs June 21-25. (Langley School District Facebook)
Langley Grad Week 2021 starts today

Community is invited to celebrate this year’s graduates

The new bike lockers at Langley’s Carvolth park and ride station are solar powered and open and close with a smartphone app. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Solar powered bike lockers in Langley’s Carvolth open with an app

The new TransLink lockers are part of a pilot program

Jodi Steeves, president of the Aldergrove Business Association, promotes local shopping. (Special to The Star)
Thirty days of shopping local in Aldergrove proves to be ‘exciting experiment’

Business association members strictly made all purchases in community from May 15 to June 15

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

Most Read