LASD students fly high and set records in Junior Olympics

Above and Bottom Right photos by Bill Witte/Special to the Town Crier; bottom left by Sharon Tan/Special to the Town CrierMarcus Ting, above, from left, Louis Tirache, Tomoya Ueda and Michael Vaisberg represent their schools (Springer, Santa Rita, Covington and Oak Avenue, respectively), during a hurdles event at the 57th annual Junior Olympics April 29. Springer students Megan Chung and Lance Kluge, below left, carry the torch for their school around the Mountain View High track. Santa Rita students Ainsley Witte and Jadyn Ye, below right, take flight as they run the hurdles.

With families cheering in the stands, flags waving and school colors painted across faces, Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 57th annual Junior Olympics April 29 at Mountain View High School, surpassing records in multiple events.

The Junior Olympics, which organizers say emphasize healthy competition and good sportsmanship, bring together students from Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools. Participants trained in P.E. classes for several months to perform their best on competition day.

Events included basketball free-throws, chin-ups, hurdles, the 75-yard dash, the 1,320-yard run, a softball throw, the standing long jump, jump rope and a relay race.

A fleet of parent volunteers and physical education staff come together with funding from the school PTAs and Los Altos Educational Foundation to make the event possible.


Records set at this year’s games:

• Almond sixth-grader Boden Sirey completed the 1,320-yard run in 3.95 minutes, beating the previous record, set in 2015, by two seconds. Boden previously broke records in the same race as both a fourth- and fifth-grader.

• Oak sixth-grader Natalie Mark completed the 1,320-yard run in 4.2 minutes, beating by two seconds the previous record, which had stood since 1999.

• Covington fifth-grader Angelica Chou completed the 1,320-yard run in 4.33 minutes, beating the previous record, set in 2007, by six seconds.

• Loyola sixth-grader Kelly Peir scored 10 basketball free throws out of 12 attempts, beating the previous record of nine.

• Gardner Bullis fifth-grader Woong Choi completed a 98-inch standing long jump, beating the previous record, set in 1991, of 90.5 inches.

• Gardner Bullis fifth-grader Joe Morgan scored 11 basketball free throws out of 12 attempts, matching the previous years’ record.

Several relay teams, which put in additional training time outside of school hours, set records as well.

• Coed: Loyola’s sixth-grade team, finishing the 400-meter relay in 1.03 minutes, beat the previous record by 1.82 seconds.

• Boys: Springer’s sixth-grade Red Team finished in 54.61, 0.54 seconds ahead of the old record. Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team finished with a time of 1.04 minutes, surpassing the standing record by 0.07 seconds.

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