AF track team competes in Belgium

Story and photo by Senior Airman Katherine Holt
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force track team competed against six countries in the annual NATO air forces track and field championship in Belgium, Wednesday.

The team took home many first place awards, including women first place overall, 400 meter hurdles, javelin, shot put, 100 meter, long jump and Swedish medley.
The 11-person team comprises Airmen from across the Air Force stationed in the states and overseas. Some members of the team arrived as early as Aug. 29 while others came in just days before the event.

“We only had a week to work together as a team,” said Tech. Sgt. Calvin
Bostic, team coach. “We held time trials to figure out who would run in each
event and worked on some runners’ techniques.”

The team competed in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1500 meter, javelin, shot put, discus, long jump, high jump, 4×1 relay, 4×4 relay and Swedish relay.

This competition is the only track and field event available to Air Force members to participate as a team.

Due to funding, this could be the last competition the team will participate in.