is an abbreviation for the Southtowns Invitational Track Association.
It is a self administered track association originally organized by several
locally prominent individuals that wanted to encourage parochial school
students in grades 3 through 8 to participate in springtime sports. Using
their normal athletic abilities of running, jumping and throwing, the
youngsters are given the opportunity to compete mildly with peers from their
own school and neighboring schools.
SITA was essentially formed with 4 schools led by Dr. Peter Schreier of St.
Bernadette along with Mr. Joseph DeMarco of Nativity and several others,
including the late Mr. Peter Walters of SS. Peter & Paul in Hamburg. The
current league director Mr. Edward Hoak of SS. Peter and Paul joined the
others shortly afterward and have guided the the league ever since those
early years. Today it is comprised of 22 parochial schools organized into
three separate divisions according to the student population count in grades
3 through 8. During the season that generally begins the last week of April,
each school participates in 3 triangular meets at varying locations, i.e.,
St. Francis High School, Orchard Park High School, Hamburg High School East
Aurora High School and Canisius High School.
Coaches from each
school generally lineup their own athletes for both track and field events
before each meet commences. All events are run for both boys and girls in
each age group with ribbons awarded to the top 4 finshers in each event. The
first event is the 300 meter (4x75) relay. Lane assignments are given to
each school by the league officials. Each school, in turn, can submit 2
teams for each race category, i.e., 10 & under, 12 &under, and 14 & under.
All the relays are run in succession.
The field events usually start after completion of the relays. The first
sprint is a 60 meter dash for 8 & under. The subsequent sprints are 75 meter
sprints for each age group, from 9 & under to 14 & under inclusive. Standing
jumps occur simultaneously for 9 & under and 11 & under, while running jumps
occur for 13 & under and 15 & under. Softball throws happen concurrently for
the same age and gender brackets.
A one mile race for each gender also occurs near the end of the field
events. The last events of the day are the 800 (4x200) meter relay race. In
addition to each boy/girl race, an 800 meter co-ed race finishes the
The season championship for each division generally occurs the weekend
before Memorial Day. All student athletes in the respective divisions
participate for gold medals during one grand meet at which all schools
participate. Six ribbons are awarded to the top athletes in each event and
the school gaining the most points becomes league champions. A Most Valuable
Player for the Championship Meet is chosen based upon the total points
earned this day in each Boy/Girl category.