CARMICHAELS – It was perfect weather Wednesday for the annual track-and-field competition at Carmichaels Elementary Center. Nearly 300 students in the grades four through six competed in a variety of athletic events, including the long jump, Frisbee throw, 50-yard dash, hurdles and tug-o-war, all contending for medals.
This marked the 36th year of the competition, and for the last 33 years, Carmichaels Area School District physical education instructor Susan Martin has helped to oversee the event. The district has not had a varsity track-and-field program since the mid-1970s.
The elementary track-and-field competition was approved in 1977 when Jim Zalar served as elementary school principal, and 250 students participated in the inaugural event. Students in the early years of the competition came from the three former elementary schools in the district to the high school stadium for the competition. Those schools were the Nemacolin, Crucible and Central elementary schools.
Originally a two-day event, the track-and-field competition now takes place over a single day.