FENTON, MO (KTVI)-- The biggest high school field hockey tournament in the country began on one of the hottest days on the year in Missouri.
The tournament is all weekend in Fenton.
The girls are playing on an Astroturf field, which retains heat.
“It is so hot and you can feel it in your feet,” Edwardsville Senior Abby Urbanek said. “My coach told me that playing a full game is like running a total of six miles.”
The 16th Gateway Field Hockey Classic features 48 teams from across the country.
24 of the team are from the St. Louis area.
“I think we are used to the summers in St. Louis, so that helps,” Villa Duchesne Senior Cooper Hudspeth said. “You just try to block the heat out.”
The girls will be taking water breaks every 12 minutesand ice bags will be available.
“We appreciate the water breaks because it is hot,” Urbanek said. “You just have to stay hydrated.”
There also will be medical staff on hand in case anyone becomes ill.
The hot weather is expected to last throughout the tournament.