FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local students from across the region returned to the Bert Bowes track on Friday for the annual School District 60 Elementary Track Meet.
This year was Duncan Cran Elementary School’s turn to host the track meet, and according to principal Griff Peet, 14 schools from within the district participated.
“Unfortunately, Upper Halfway and Wonowon are not here this year due to the lack of time being able to train because of the forest fires and evacuations,” said Peet.
Students from grades three to six had the opportunity to put their skills to the test in a variety of track events.
“We have the 60-metre, 100-metre, 200-metre, and 400-metre sprints. Then we have the longer distances, 800 and 1500-metre races,” said Peet.
“We also do the 4×100-metre relay race, and then we have ball throw, long jump and high jump as field events.”
Ribbons and certificates for every event were awarded to students who placed between first and eighth.
According to Peet, events can get competitive between students, but the track meet is mostly about having fun.
“For the most part, the smiles on their faces and the fun they have is what the day is all about,” said Peet.
Peet says the track meet is essential not just for its events but because it also builds community among the students, many of whom will funnel between Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney middle schools in September.