The program, which started more than 30 years ago and continues to grow, is the largest youth sports program in the world with more than 400,000 participants each year. The program is for all children ages 9 to 14 who love to run, jump and throw. A select few from each state will compete at the North American final with Cote.
Athletes from Madawaska competed June 12 in the Hershey Track and Field event at the Madawaska Recreation Complex. They included Cote, Craig Gendreau, Max Gendreau, Isabelle Jandreau, Jordan Clavette, Nevaeh Sock, Jenna Dugal, Valerie Boucher and Emily Boucher. All then moved on to the county regional meet on June 19 in Caribou.
In Caribou, Cote came in first place in the 200-meter dash, second place in the 100-meter dash and second place in the standing long jump. Isabelle Jandreau placed second in the 400-meter dash. Jenna Dugal took first place in the 400-meter dash. Craig Gendreau placed second in the standing long jump. These standings all qualified the athletes to move on to the state finals June 26 in Brewer. At states, Aspen Cote took first place in the 100-meter dash, first in the 200-meter dash and first in the standing long jump. Isabelle Jandreau came in fourth in the 400-meter dash. Jenna Dugal was second in the 400-meter dash.