Hundreds of youth athletes representing nearly 20 track and field clubs from across the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. metro areas converged on Pullen Field, Saturday to kick off the 2019 season. 

The first invitational meet of the year included intense competition in a variety of events, including high jump, javelin, shot put, long jump, hurdles and distance runs across several age divisions.

According to Jerry Arrington, Fort Belvoir Child and Youth Services sports and fitness director, this particular meet is one of the largest of the season and offers the participating athletes the full spectrum of competitive track and field events 

“We get a huge turnout for this event—hundreds of kids are competing,” he said. “This first meet is a great event here; we provide all the field events along with the traditional track races. Some meets only have running. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to come out and experience track and field and learn what it’s all about.” 

For more information about Fort Belvoir’s Sonic Boom Track Club, including upcoming events, visit