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Track and field a family affair for record-setting vaulter, kids

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IF you were to ask Teresa Logozar if she knew where her children are while she is having the time of her life flying 3.4 metres above the ground, she would, without missing a beat, say yes.

Logozar holds two Canadian masters records in pole vault and triple jump. "I broke the pole-vault record just last week at the Manitoba Grand Prix 6 meet, so I'm vaulting 3.4 metres. I hold the triple-jump record for both outdoor (10.08) and indoor (10.11), and was told recently that I'm the first masters athlete to jump more than 10 metres in the triple jump."

Logozar's son Joshua, 19, also a pole vaulter, and daughter Hunter, 14, a shot putter, will join their mom this weekend at the 28th annual Boeing Classic Indoor Meet in the University of Manitoba's Max Bell Field House.

The action begins Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with elementary-school relays. Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the peewee and some senior events go, and on Friday and Saturday, junior and senior high school and open events run all day, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"This isn't the first time we've competed at the same meet," Teresa said. "We've had a few meets together. Hunter has been in track for almost two years. Joshua has had a few meets, but only began pole vaulting this year."

Hunter, a Grade 9 student at Kelvin High School, said seeing her mom come out for track made her curious. "So I decided I would try it, so she was a bit of an influence."

With a personal-best shot of 8.43 metres, Hunter says she chose the sport "because I enjoy the strength training for it, mostly, but it's the one track event that I'm the best at."

With a height of 3.45 metres, Josh, who competes for the U of M, is already crossing the bar higher than his mom, but he isn't about to start giving her advice. "She knows a little more than me. There's no huge rivalry, not at all. It's just gentle poking fun, but she is pushing me, because the other two guys who vault are way up there." Teresa has another daughter, Paige, but she isn't involved in track -- "yet."

Teresa is a full-time mom who is in her last year of university, finishing up her education degree. "I started back at university when I was 30 and I was doing my phys-ed degree when I met the pole-vault coach (Scott Dressler). He asked me if I wanted to try it out, so I did, and I fell in love with it right away. I've been training at it every day since."

Bringing the kids along just seemed natural. "They've always been athletic and interested in sports. Since I'm at the track so much, I started inviting them along just to try things out and see if there was anything they liked. Eventually, they found particular events that they wanted to be a part of, and here we are."

allan.besson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 3, 2009 C4

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