75th LeFebvre Relays set for Friday

By: Journal sports staff
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The Placer relays get underway Friday.

Field events at the 75th LeFebvre Relays to help kick off fundraising for the Placer Athletic Complex begin at 1:30 p.m. on the hill.

The final event of the day, a 4-by-400-meter relay, is set to start at 6:45 p.m.

Teams that will be competing on the track along with the Hillmen include Colfax, Center, Del Oro, Galena, St. Francis, Rio Americano, Bishop Monague, Vacaville Christian, Sage Ridge, Vista del Lago, Grant, Yuba City, Inderkum and Damonte Ranch.

All Placer High School grads have been invited to attend the event.

This year’s rendition of the longest running meet in Northern California will also feature an Alumni Celebration, where former Hillmen can reminisce about the good ol’ days, catch up and enjoy a barbecue next to the stadium’s snack shack.

Alumni 4-by-100 relays will also be held around 3:20 p.m. Admission is $5 and the cost for the barbecue is by donation.

Past Placer students will also get a chance to learn about the plans for the Placer Athletic Complex and have the opportunity to donate toward the cause.

“The idea behind it is to get the Placer Athletic Complex kickoff fundraising started and it’s a chance to get Placer alum to come back,” said track coach Katy Chamberlin, a 1987 PHS graduate. “They don’t have to be former track athletes. All alum are encouraged to come anytime between 1 and 7 p.m. to come support athletics.

“We’ll provide you with a barbecue. The idea is to get them there and get in contact with them and let them know about track and field updates — spread the word. We want to continue a tradition of excellence and success.”

In November, the school announced its plans to raise $1 million for the first phase of improving its athletic facilities.

The goal in the first phase is to renovate the track and field as well as improve lighting, walkways and stadium seating at LeFebvre Stadium. Plans include underlying the field and track with drainage and installing synthetic turf. The 17-year-old track would also receive an overlay of synthetic material. Lighting would be upgraded, visitors seating raised and home side seating extended.