STAR Catholic student-athletes on track at STAR Track Challenge

For the second straight year, students gathered in the spirit of competition, faith and community.

  • Jun. 28, 2016 6:00 p.m.
Notre Dame student Olivia Mulhall was among the STAR Catholic School Division students competing in the annual STAR Track Challenge.

Notre Dame student Olivia Mulhall was among the STAR Catholic School Division students competing in the annual STAR Track Challenge.

Submitted by STAR Catholic

For the second straight year, students gathered in the spirit of competition, faith and community.

Grades five and six students from around STAR Catholic School Division, which includes schools in Leduc, Drayton Valley, Beaumont, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka and Lacombe, came to Leduc to compete in the second annual STAR Track Challenge June 21.

The track and field meet saw traditional track events ranging from the 100 metre race to long jump.

“At STAR Catholic we have made a commitment to create a community among all our schools around central Alberta. The STAR Track Challenge was created last year and was an overwhelming success for our students and staff,” said STAR Catholic’s Pius MacLean.

“We expanded it this year to include Grade 5 students and judging by the excitement from the students, the event just keeps getting better.”

Each school wore a different coloured custom shirt, which sported the Track STAR Challenge logo. Although the shirts may have been made to represent each school, but the event provides the opportunity to form new friendships with those from other schools.

“It’s great when you see that. After a race kids congratulate and support each other, regardless of which STAR school they are from,” said MacLean.

School spirits were high throughout the day, as those not competing would line the track to cheer on fellow students, or converge on the long jump track to see the best jump of the day.

Also lending a hand for the day were Grade 9 students and STAR Catholic staff and parents who helped make the event run smoothly.

Now with the second year completed, organizers for the STAR Track Challenge will look to next year to continue to improve.