Kennedy High hosts 1st Invitational Special Education Track Meet

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Kennedy High hosts 1st Invitational Special Education Track Meet
Thirty student athletes competed with help from student volunteers at the 1st Invitational Special Education Track Meet at Kennedy High on Friday, May 10, 2019. (Photos contributed by participants)

It may have flown by as quick as 100-meter dash. But it was such a good experience, it’s coming back next year.

Last Friday, Kennedy High and El Cerrito High jointly held the 1st Invitational Special Education Track Meet, which took place on the Eagles’ track, according to Kennedy High Special Education Teacher Sal Morabito.

The meet, which featured 30 student athletes, was organized by Kennedy High Adaptive Physical Education Specialist Shani Compton and El Cerrito Special Education Teachers Tristan Simbulan and Mariquit Aguila.

The students competed in the 100 meter dash, javelin throw, discuss, long jump and a 4×100, Morabito said. 

“It was such a good feeling seeing them competing joyfully while encouraging each other,” he said, adding that all athletes walked away with a well-deserved medal.

Kennedy Athletic Director and Track Coach Carl Sumler and Head Football Coach George Jackson organized the running events. Also, 12 Kennedy High student volunteers helped to keep track of event results, including running times and measurements.

Student Angel Camacho started the meet by reciting the Special Olympics Oath. After that, the athletes participated in a group warm up under the guidance of Adaptive Physical Education Director Sean Corson.

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