More than 170 young athletes assembled in Varden on a picture-perfect evening to compete in the inaugural Elementary Track &?Field Meet.
This event was organized and run by volunteers from the Western Wayne Track Foundation.
“I’m so pleased with how well everything went,” Wildcats coach told TWI?Sports. “It was very gratifying to see our parents, alumni and current varsity athletes working with the kids.”
Coach Collins went on to say that he hopes this is just the first meet in what will become a long-running Western Wayne tradition.
“This is a great way to introduce youngsters to track,” he said. “I?hope that someday we’ll see some of them on the high school team.”
This meet was made possible, in large part, by a $500 Community Foundation grant from the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame.
On the Track
The first event of the day was the 75M hurdles, which began with first, second and third graders.
Family, friends and fans cheered from the bleachers as their favorite little athlete raced down the track and leapt over the specially-designed hurdles.
Just a few minutes after these first few heats, winners were announced and all of the participants headed to the dais for awards.
Connor Hilling finished first, covering the grueling 75M course in :17.52. Kole Fries earned a silver medal, stopping the clock at :17.96. Luke Janiszewski brought home the bronze, crossing the line in :20.71.
Rounding out the front seven were: Joey Taraschuk (:21.21), Matthew Bryant (:21.25), Ethan Grodack (:23.31), Christian Krasniak (:23.43).
These youngsters received a warm ovation from the crowd. Each group of winners that followed also had a chance to pose for photos on the podium.
Other events offered at the meet included, softball throw, sprints, high jump, standing long jump and even an introductory level javelin toss.