Hundreds of Ottumwa students spent Wednesday afternoon running the oval at Schafer Stadium. The Elementary Track Meet provides an opportunity for students in grades four, five and six to experience track. Students train for several weeks prior to the event and compete for medley and relay positions. Here is a profile of one of our participants.
Name: Elliott Janes
Coach: Mr. Gravitt
Events: 50 meter, 60 meter, and football throw
What do you like about track? Track helps you get better at running, throwing, jumping. It provides a good variety.
Favorite track memory: Watching people run the mile. This was my first time at Schafer Stadium. It was surprising how big it was and how many people fit in it.
Future track goal: Try to run the 100 and 200. I hope to get better at the football throw. I may try the long jump.
Name: Daltin Maas
Coach: Mrs. Martin
Events: 50 meter, 200 meter, and football throw
What do you like about track? Hanging out with my friends, racing them, and having fun.
Favorite track memory: When me and my friends raced and we tied in both the 50 meter and 200 meter races.
Future track goal: Plans to participate in the same events in sixth grade and will probably do track when older.
Name: Kentrell McLaurin
Coach: Mr. Gravitt and Mrs. Martin
Events: 1 mile (7th place), relay (1st place), and long jump
What do you like about track? Track is challenging. I was first in the mile in gym class.
Favorite track memory: Everyone yelling my name, "Go Kentrell."
Future track goal: To run the mile, relay and try the football throw. Track is fun. I like running.