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Superior Wisconsin 1226 Ogden Ave. Ste. 1 54880

A light breeze and bright sun set the tone for a Tiger tradition Wednesday. Fifth grade students from Northwestern and Iron River elementary schools bused to Northwestern High School to run, jump and throw during the 39th fifth grade track and field day. The friendly competition serves as a send-off to middle school, said organizer Shawn Leith.

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“They look forward to it,” said Leith, a fifth grade teacher. “It’s a good time.”

“I think it’s going to be awesome fun,” said Josie Maki, who participated in the hurdles, discus and long jump.

Parents, grandparents and siblings showed up, many with cameras, to watch the action.

“I just think it’s very cool,” said Jill Bird of South Range, whose daughter Claire competed in hurdles, a relay race, the long jump and the 400-meter. “It gives them a chance to get out. They get out of school, they get a chance to do activities, they get to run around, they get to interact with their classmates. I just think it’s a neat tradition.”

Students have been training for the competition over the last month.

“I got muscle in my arm now,” said Olivia Gordon, who participated in the shot put, discus and long jump.

Each classroom came up with a team name, from Anderson’s A-Team, Leigh’s Lightning and E’s Bees to Jonasen’s Jabberjaws.

“We’re a really loud classroom,” said Iliana Henegar, so their team was named after a 1970s cartoon featuring a chatty shark named Jabberjaw.

Bird said her daughter, who is on the Lindstrom Ligers team, designed the T-shirts for her class.

“So that’s her thing,” Bird said. “She was all excited about that.”

The fifth graders said they enjoyed Wednesday’s weather and the chance to get outside. The event gave students from the two schools a chance to mingle prior to starting middle school together in the fall.

“It’s not about winning, it’s just having fun,” said Delaney Brown. “It’s a good way to end the year.”

Results

Ribbons were handed out to the top three in each event. In the boys’ 50 meter hurdles, Tanner Gehl placed first with a time of 9.40, Harrison Nelson placed second and Nathaniel Hopkins placed third. In the girls’ 50 meter hurdles, Allison Luoma placed first with a time of 9.80, Natalie Pooler placed and Chloe Sipsas placed third.

In the boys’ 50 meter dash, Lars Olson took first place with a time of 8.76, Colin Trautt placed second and Harrison Nelson was third. In the girls’ 50 meter dash, Makayla Truchon placed first with 8.58 followed by Erin Clark in second place and Ella Brill in third.

In the boys’ 100 meter dash, Tanner Gehl placed first with 15.30 followed by Colin Trautt in second place and Raine Amundson in third. In the girls’ 100 meter dash, Makayla Truchon placed first with a time of 14.90, Ella Brill took second place and Ella Dreiling took third.

In the boys’ 200 meter dash, Nathaniel Hopkins placed first with a time of 32.15, Colin Trautt placed second and Jacob Armacher placed third. In the girls’ 200 meter dash, Makayla Truchon placed first with a time of 33.03, Ella Dreiling placed second and Hannah Nelson placed third.

In the boys’ 400 meter run, Jacob Amacher placed first, Dylan Ronchi placed second and Jake Luostari placed third. In the girls’ 400 meter run, Noelle Frick placed first, Natalie Pooler placed second and Ella Brill placed third.

In the boys’ 800 meter run, Nathaniel Hopkins placed first with a time of 2:55, Harrison Nelson placed second and Jacob Amacher placed third. In the girls’ 800 meter run, Makayla Truchon placed first with a time of 3:10, Noelle Frick placed second and Hannah Nelson placed third.

In the boys’ long jump, Hugh Niven placed first with a jump of 10 feet 6 inches, Nick Meyer placed second and Braden Trautt placed third. In the girls’ long jump, Makayla Truchon placed first with a jump of 9 feet 9 inches, Natalie Pooler was second and Elyanna Riley-Rosen placed third.

In the boy’s shot put, James DeRosia placed first with a throw of 27 feet, Mason Evans placed second and Brennan Werner placed third. In the girls’ shot put, Alayna Moss placed first with a throw of 22 feet 10 inches, Julie Roe placed second and McKenzie Tuura placed third.

In the boys’ discus, Brennen Werner placed first with a throw of 65 feet, Lars Olson placed second and Mason Evans placed third. In the girls’ discus, McKenzie Tuura placed first with a throw of 55 feet, Delaney Brown placed second and Alyssa Smith placed third.

In the 4 x 1 girls relay Mrs. Erickson’s class placed first with a time of 1:12, Mr. Lindstrom’s placed second and Mrs. Jonasen’s class placed third. In the 4x1 boys’ relay, Mr. Leith’s class placed first with a time of 1:06, Mrs. Jonasen’s class placed second and Mr. Lindstom’s class placed third.

In the 4x2 boys’ relay, Mrs. Erickson’s class placed first with a time of 2:26, Mrs. Anderson’s class placed second and Mr. Leith’s class placed third. In the 4x2 girls’ relay, Mrs. Erickson’s class placed first with a time of 2:26, Mr. Liindstrom’s class placed second and Mrs. Jonasen’s class placed third.

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