More than 12 metropolitan Detroit area schools came together Sunday June 2nd to compete in the Detroit PAL School Track and Field final meet. The Championships drew hundreds of proud parents and supporters to Central High School for the culmination of the 2014 School Track and Field program. The teams competing were members of Charter, Detroit Public and EAA (Education Achievement Authority) schools from across the city.
Program structure allows for points to be given out to schools based on their performance after each meet. Participants are scored both as individuals and as a team. The final meet brought elementary and middle school athletes together to compete in age appropriate events and a series of races. Running and relays ranged from 100 to 3200 meters in distance. Alongside the shot put and long jump was a modified version and safe alternative to the traditional Javelin. With “Turbo Jav”, concept and mechanics remain the same while the tool itself is made of plastic and yields a rubber tip.
Boys and girls in all age groups would be awarded ribbons and medals of achievement. One of the big winners on Sunday was Bradford Academy’s Immani Jackson. Winning a total of four first place medals, she also saw her long jump increase an entire foot in length from last year. As the season concludes, the focus now turns to Detroit PAL’s Club Track program with athletes practicing four days a week through the end of August.