Elementary students from around the South Cariboo jumped into action at the south end’s district track meet on June 8.
Students aged 10-14 competed in nine different track and field events at the 100 Mile House Elementary School field.
The top two students from each event from the individual schools were able to compete against other students from around the district.
“I think that it is great for several reasons,” says organizer and 100 Mile Elementary vice-principal Shawn Nelson.
“There are kids who compete more at athletics than they compete at academics so this is a great place for kids who don’t normally shine, to shine.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for kids in the upper grades to mingle with kids from other schools so when they get to [Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School] they recognize faces and they know people and they are on the same team as teammates. They aren’t competitors anymore.”
Vanessa Betschart, a Grade 6 student at Horse Lake Elementary, swept the 12-year-old girls’ category, winning gold in the 100m dash, the 200m run, long jump, triple jump and high jump, as well as setting a new record in the 100 m dash.
“I love it because I’ve done it all my life,” she says, adding that she enjoys coming to the district event to face the competition.
Michelle Lang, also a Grade 6 student at Horse Lake, says that she enjoys the track meet.
“You get to compete against people and you get to meet new people.”
Lincoln Sutton, a Grade 4 student from Mile 108 Elementary, placed first in the standing broad jump competition, as well as medaled in the long jump and 100 m dash categories.
“I just like exercising and running a lot and having fun with my friends,” he says.
Nelson says that while competition is part of the track meet, it’s not only about winning.
“It’s definitely a day of fun and then participation and then competition,” he says.
100 Mile House Elementary won the Aggregate award for the schools, while Forest Grove Elementary took home the Handicap.
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