LASD students gear up for Junior Olympics

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students at Springer School, above and below, get up to speed for the Junior Olympics’ track and field events during P.E. class this month.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in the Los Altos School District will strive to break records and showcase good sportsmanship at the district’s 57th annual Junior Olympics, slated April 29 at Mountain View High School.

The interschool meet will feature students from Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer elementary schools. More than 1,600 young athletes are expected to compete in events including basketball free throws, chin-ups, hurdles, the 75-yard dash, the 1,320-yard run, the softball throw, the standing long jump, jump rope and the relay race.

Planned by a committee of volunteers from each elementary school in collaboration with district physical education teachers, the Junior Olympics are supported by the school PTAs and the Los Altos Educational Foundation.

The pageantry will include opening ceremonies in the morning as students enter the stadium and a Mascot Mania event in which each school’s costumed mascot will join in the competition.

Students train for the Junior Olympics in P.E. classes during March and April, choosing three events in which to compete after sampling them all. A corps of parent volunteers supports P.E. teachers during the training period and coaches the relay teams.

At least one event record has been broken at every Junior Olympics since 2009. The top six finishers in each event and division will earn awards.

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