Photo By: Craig Carlson/Special to the TOwn Crier
Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 53rd annual Junior Olympics April 27 at Mountain View High School.
Events included the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw.
According to organizers, the annual program encourages participants to strive to perform their best and stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of healthful competition.
Records set at this year’s games include:
• Almond School sixth-grader Alan Guo jumped rope 145 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1984, by 20.
• Almond fifth-grader Dean Tan jumped rope 114 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1995, by nine.
• Covington School fifth-grader Annika Coleman completed 28 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2002, by two.
• Gardner Bullis School fourth-grader Laura Mackenzie completed 24 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2001, by one.
• Almond fourth-grader Jamie Baum threw a softball 129 feet, beating the previous record, set in 1990, by a little shy of 3 feet.
• Springer School fifth-grader Milana Sarathy completed the hurdles competition in 9.0476 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.25 minutes.
• Santa Rita School fourth-grader Charlie Kinne completed the hurdles in 9.1584 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.23 minutes.
Students set records in this year’s relay races, as well.
Girls: Oak Avenue School’s fourth-grade White Team beat the previous record by 0.33 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.48 seconds and Loyola School’s sixth-grade Red Team finished 0.26 seconds ahead of the record.
Boys: Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team beat the standing record by 1.43 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.54 seconds and Oak’s fifth-grade Red Team finished 1.49 seconds ahead of the old record.
For more photos from the 53rd annual Junior Olympics, click here.