U10 – Long Jump Medal Winners.
By Sam Manougian
On May 30th the ARS School Under10 track & field team participated in the SSAF Track & Field Championships at the Terry Fox Track and Field Stadium in Brampton. This year the ARS school once again brought a huge team of 40 athletes to the championship meet. The Under10 team was comprised of students from grades 2,3 and 4. For the grade 2’s this was new as they were participating in their first competition. The team was well prepared as they had been practicing for many weeks under the guidance of coaches Ms. McDowell and Sam Manougian.
It was a beautiful day and the athletes participated in several running events (100m, 200m, 400m), long jump and baseball throw. With each event the top finishers earned valuable points for their schools. The ARS athletes performed extremely well on all their events. However this year it was the long jump event where the ARS jumpers took control winning 3 medals. In the 8 year old class it was Sevanna Sarkissian who was the 1st place champion. Immediately after Sevanna’s win the 9 year olds followed winning 2 medals by Carina Sarkissian who placed 2nd and Kami Kakousian who placed 3rd. On this day ARS were the kings of the long jump and the Sarkissian sisters had much to celebrate.
The under10 track and field and cross country programs are extremely important as the younger students are introduced to sports and competition. They start to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. They also learn that achievement comes with dedication and a strong work ethic. These good work skills are also carried forward to their academics and they become better students.