Charley Nelson of Coquihalla Elementary soars to a fist-place finish in the Grade 4 girls high jump. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Students from across Fraser-Cascade school district competed in a track meet for Grades 4 to 7

Hosted in Kent, more than 100 students from Hope were in attendance

Kent Elementary hosted the annual School District #78 track meet for Grades 4 to 7 last Thursday, with plenty of participation from Hope and Boston Bar schools. Silver Creek and Coquihalla each sent 48 athletes and Hope Secondary sent 20 Grade 7s.

Considering the Harrison, Kent, AESS — and Agassiz Christian and Seabird Island athletes, Kent principal Stan Watchorn was likely low on his estimated total of 200. Meet organizer Donna Gallamore was away on an overnight camp with students and couldn’t be contacted by press time.

What Watchorn didn’t undersell was the weather.

“It was a wonderful day, with the weather cooperating — sunny but not too hot,” he said, adding, “A big thanks to all the participating schools who helped out and ran all the events.”

Visiting teachers helped run the 100 and 400-metre races, the high jump, long jump, shot put and ball throw.


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Kylee Faulkner of Coquihalla powers her way to a first-place win in the Grade 5 girls 100-metre dash. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Silver Creek’s Lucy Turner was doing well in the Grade 6 girls high jump — but had to bow out early to catch the bus back to Hope. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Coquihalla’s Violette Freimark also did well in the Grade 6 girls high jump before having to head back to Hope. Event organizers feel it may be possible to have two jump pits at future meets to speed up the process. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

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