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Update: Elementary Track and Field Days smashes records

Otto Anderson, a fourth-grade student from Woodland Elementary School, makes an attempt on the high jump during the Elementary Track and Field Days at Alexandria Area High School Friday. His jumping ability earned him a first-place win in the fourth-grade boys high jump contest. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)1 / 3
Fourth-grade girls compete in the jump rope race during the Elementary Track and Field Days Friday at Alexandria Area High School. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)2 / 3
Spectators wear winter coats and wrap themselves in blankets to withstand chilly temperatures Friday morning at the annual Elementary Track and Field Days at Alexandria Area High School. Fifth grade students competed on Thursday at the high school. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)3 / 3

Spectators wore winter coats and wrapped themselves in blankets to withstand chilly temperatures Friday morning at the annual Elementary Track and Field Days at Alexandria Area High School.  Fourth-graders competed on Thursday fifth-grade students competed on Thursday at the high school.

Approximately 650 students participated in the annual event

The first District 206 track and field meet was in 1971. Track records have been recorded since 1975.

Two records were broken this year in 4th grade: Otto Anderson from Woodland Elementary broke the 200 meter dash record that was set back in 1993. He ran it in 30.49 seconds, beating the old record of Neil Gilbertson’s 31.16 seconds.

The Woodland relay team of Mac Heydt, Chase Thompson, Owen Anderson, Evan Kludt broke the record 400 meter relay pace with a time of 1:02.65 seconds.

In 5th grade, five records were shattered.

Venald Becker broke the 50 meter dash time with a 7.31 time, breaking the old record that was held by Jay Tregelhorn from 1998. Venald also broke the 100 meter dash with a 14.02 pace, breaking the old record set in 2006.

Zion Lutheran’s Jaelyn Miller broke the 800 meter run with a time of 2:53.33. The old record was set in 2007 by Kalley Kragenbring.

In the 100 yard jump rope race, Tucker McGrane from Woodland set a new record by completing the event in 15.38 seconds.

Owen Draper and Drew Gundberg from Lincoln set a new 50 yard Piggyback race record by completing it in 12 seconds flat.

District leaders said the District 206 track and field meet is a great way to celebrate and highlight fitness. There’s a wide range of events for the students to participate in, including endurance runs, strength and speed events.

Teamwork and sportsmanship are key throughout the entire day.

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