When Linda Sarrett boarded a plane last Saturday to head to Scotland, she thought she would be coaching a USA Junior Team against other junior teams from around the world in the Bank of Scotland Cup track and field meet. But when she arrived, she shortly found out otherwise. “When we got there, Scotland had its national team with national champions, and so did the other teams competing,” Sarrett said. “They were actually surprised that we didn’t know it was for senior competition. I have a feeling USA track and field will be sending a different team next year.” Sarrett, who teaches math at Henry County High School and is the Youth Chairperson of the USATF Kentucky Association, jumped at the chance to take her first trip overseas as the girls’ coach of the USA squad, which included some of the top 19-and-under athletes from around the country. The two-hour meet included the men’s 100-meter, women’s 300-meter, men’s and women’s 800-meter, men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, men’s javelin, men’s 2,000-meter steeplechase and a mixed relay that included a woman running 400 meters, two men running 200 meters each and a woman running 800 meters. Teams from Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the USA competed, with Scotland winning and the USA taking second — despite being a young team going head-to-head with professional athletes. “Overall, I thought it was an awesome trip,” Sarrett said after she returned back to the states. “I’ve never been to another country besides Canada, so it was a great experience for me.” Three coaches, including Sarrett, and 12 athletes stayed in the dorms at the Heriot Watts University, about a 25-minute drive from the track they would be competing on. They had a short amount of time to do some shopping and sightseeing, had time to get in a practice session on Sunday, and had the meet on Tuesday. Before the meet, which was in conjunction with the Youth Festival in the park next door, there was an opening ceremony much like the Olympic Games. Despite the age difference, USA won the men’s 400-hurdles, got second in the javelin, 100 and relay, and placed in each event. As a team, they took home the runners-up spot. “The other teams respected us when we left, that’s for sure,” Sarrett said afterwards. Sarrett first began teaching at HCHS in 1995, when she jump started the high school track team after a long layoff. She continued to coach the squad until 2003. She currently works local high school meets as a Meet Manager, decides on important issues with her title as Youth Chairperson, works at the KHSAA state cross country and track championships, and is in charge of the USATF championship cross country and track meets which fall after the state meets. “There’s usually not a single weekend that I’m free,” Sarrett said. “I will say that I had a really good time in Scotland. It’s something I definitely want to do again.” E-mail us about this story at firstname.lastname@example.org.