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Mooberry draws diverse field

Track and field: Two dozen schools, all but one bringing both a boys and girls team, meet today at Gonzaga Prep for the Mooberry Relays.

Competition begins 9:45 a.m. with a wheelchair race. The awards ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m.

Athletes from Post Falls to Everett, from most of the Greater Spokane League schools to a couple of Class B schools, square off in the nontraditional track meet. Field events are scored as two-person team competitions. There are also different running events.

For the second year the hammer throw is part of the meet, although it is contested at Spokane Community College starting at 8 a.m.

Bloomsday challenges teens

Running: Bloomsday is challenging area middle schools and high schools to form teams to compete in the annual 10K run on May 2.

The inaugural “Teen Challenge” aims to find out which middle schools and high schools have the fastest Bloomsday runners. Winning teams in each of six divisions will each receive iPod shuffles (one for each team member) courtesy of Strong Solutions.

The competition is limited to the first 50 entries. Participants will receive a New Balance shoe bag, a Bloomsday Teen Challenge T-shirt and access to the postrace VIP Party in Riverfront Park.

To enter the Teen Challenge, team members must first sign up for Bloomsday, either online or through the mail. After entering Bloomsday, the team captain will have until April 26 to mail in a Teen Challenge application form.

The six divisions will be male, female and coed in junior and senior high school. Team members must be from the same school.

Online registration for Bloomsday is available at www.bloomsday- The entry deadline for the $15 online entry fee is April 18. Late entries are $30.

Arenas begins serving sentence

Basketball: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas began serving his sentence Friday night for bringing guns into the team’s locker room.

According to Arthur Wallenstein, director of Montgomery County (Md.) Corrections, Arenas arrived at the Montgomery County jail at 7:40 p.m. Arenas must spend two days there for medical screening and classification before being transferred to the county’s Pre-Release Center, a halfway house.

Arenas was sentenced March 26 to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing weapons into the Verizon Center.

Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January. The NBA suspended him until the end of the season.

Associated Press