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    On their mark, get set and go - the Upper Ottawa Valley Renfrew County Elementary Interscholastic Athletic Association (RCEIAA) Elementary Track and Field Championships on June 4 saw hundreds of students compete. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Valour JK-12 School student Maddy Granter. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Valour JK-12 School student Noah Walsh. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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Hundreds of students compete at RCEIAA Championships

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday July 11, 2019


Runners competing at the Upper Ottawa Valley Renfrew County Elementary Interscholastic Athletic Association (RCEIAA) Elementary Track and Field Championships met at the Valour School track June 4.

About 617 young runners from all the county’s schools took part in the competition. The event lasted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and saw runners compete in different categories according to their age and gender.

It showcased the best young runners in the country.

“It is a fantastic day for RCEIAA track and field championships,” said Valour Co-op Coordinator Gary Serviss.

“It is one of our biggest meets ever and the Civic Centre did a wonderful job preparing the facilities,” he added.

Though the races started at 100 m for the younger crowd, the categories also included 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1,500 m races. The para-athletes were invited to run a 100 m race. During the rare moments of downtime, the field events saw athletes compete in the shot put, javelin throw and the long jump.

Valour JK-12 School was chosen as the location of the championships due to its ideal location and above-the-board facilities.

“We couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Serviss. “There is a lot of good competition and all the kids are having fun.”

The winners were numerous, but three schools distinguished themselves this year. Combining scores, in the first place was Mackenzie Community School with 78 points, in second place was St. Mary’s Catholic School with 66 points and in third place was Our Lady of Lourdes School with 55 points.

MacKenzie Community School is to be commended for the Grade 6 Champions, Our Lady of Sorrows for their Grade 7 Champions and Bishop Smith for their Grade 8 Champions.

Results of all the students can be found online at twitter.com/rceiaa.