PASO ROBLES — As part of the Paso Robles Joint School District’s program that allows third, fourth and fifth graders to learn and compete in public sports for free after school, the District Championships for track and field were held this past Friday at Paso Robles High School.
The program has been a big success and continued to grow and with an increase in numbers comes an influx of talent and dedicated future Bearcats. The championships at Paso High School included more than 40 events ranging from distance runs like the 800-meters to the 4x100-meter relay all the way to kids practicing throwing the javelin.
The district adds up the scores from the third, fourth and fifth-grade classes together to determine a winner from both the boys and girls side. When it was all said and done, Winifred Pifer went home victorious on the boys' side and Bauer Speck did the same for the girls.
This was the last time that the fifth-graders can compete in the track and field district championships because next year they will be joining the middle school.
Butler Elementary dominated in the speed events in the fifth-grade, taking the top spot in both the boys and girls 50-meter dash. Mason Fotheringham finished first for the boys just ahead of Corbin Macha (of Georgia Brown), and Cayden Kozar (of Peterson Elementary). On the ladies side, Butler swept the podium, taking first, second and third. Alexia Mendoza finished first, followed closely by Isabella Persall and Reese Kenyon.
Local running prodigy Tyler Daillak (Bauer Speck) controlled the distance events for the fifth-graders. Eleven-year-old Daillak routinely participates in local 5Ks, competing against adults and professional athletes alike and often winning.
The Winifred Pifer girls jumpers also swept the podium for the fifth-graders in the long jump with Sofia Karel taking first place, Chelse Rose taking second and Sheyla Bektic taking third.
The championships included the 800-meter, 400-meter, 200-meter, 50-yard dash, turbo javelin throw, long jump, and 4x100 relay for boys and girls in each grade level.
To see all the times and scores from the district championships, click on this link (https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=323901&show=all)
The next and last elementary sport for the school year is boys and girls soccer. The season will start May 3. If anyone is interested in coaching elementary soccer this season, contact any of the school sites.