By Jacob Mathias
Hundreds of fifth and sixth grade students from throughout the Stevens Point Public School District this week competed in 46th annual Gene LaRose District Elementary Track and Field Meet.
Students from each school in the district competed in several athletic events at Goerke Field in the final organized event of the school year.
Schools also competed for the much-covered Spirit Jug, which for the second time was awarded to Jefferson Elementary. The school previously won the Jug in 2013.
“This is my first year in the district so this was my first track meet,” said Molly Demrow, Jefferson Elementary School Principal. “Just being there this first time I can see how the kids get so excited to be able to spend the entire day outside and interacting with one another and their peers from other schools. And they get to show their school spirit…they spent the day doing cheers and supporting one another. Those are just really positive experiences for kids.”
Students and parents cheered each other on as the kids ran in relays, sprints and cross-country, jumped over hurdles and into sand pits, pulled with all their might in the Tug-o-Victory and used all their strength in the shot put and medicine ball throw.
Jefferson won the Spirit Jug after showing the best sportsmanship and most school spirit; the school’s eagle mascot could be seen all over the meet.
“Our fifth and sixth grade groups are just really wonderful groups of kids and they know what it means to work hard,” said Demrow. “I think that their earning the spirit jug demonstrates what they’ve been demonstrating to us at Jefferson school for a very long time. Now everyone else knows it as well.”
Results of individual competition have not yet been released by the district. Check back for updates of individual winners.