Youngest athletes compete at Hershey Track and Field Meet
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., May. 11, 2011
East Hartford students from elementary to middle school competed on the race track at East Hartford High School during the 2011 Hershey Track & Field Meet May 9.
The boys and girls ran 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter races and competed in the long jump, the softball throw and the 4x100-meter relay.
The Hershey Track & Field event was created by the Hershey Company, the makers of Hershey's chocolate. It is a national program that includes dozens of schools and hundreds of volunteers across the country. The games are designed to foster physical fitness and recognition for the nation's youngest school children.
East Hartford has participated in the games since 1986, said Jim Uhrig, assistant director of the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, which sponsored the event. Varsity and junior varsity athletes from East Hartford High School worked as volunteer coordinators at the event, and many parents were there to cheer from the sidelines.
Participating schools included East Hartford-Glastonbury Elementary Magnet, St. Christopher, Norris, Pitkin, Goodwin, O'Brien, Silver Lane, Mayberry, Hockanum, Sunset Ridge, O'Connell, Langford and East Hartford Middle schools.