Lake Tahoe Unified School District elementary students back on track |

Lake Tahoe Unified School District elementary students back on track

A track and field meet on Tuesday, and the final day of the school year on Wednesday. The week couldn’t get much better for elementary school students in Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Two weeks after the annual South Shore Elementary Track Classic was canceled because of unseasonable conditions, third- through fifth-graders embraced a substitute meet Tuesday afternoon at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

Even the typical afternoon showers of late held off long enough to allow Lake Tahoe Unified School District 2009 meet organizers to complete the three-hour event.

“I’m just really glad we got this together for the kids, and they got a meet. The kids wanted to run, and I think they enjoyed themselves,” said Seth Martin, a physical education instructor for Tahoe Valley Elementary School and the Lake Tahoe Magnet School who helped coordinate the meet.

Scotty Carlson, a fifth-grader at Tahoe Valley, said he and his classmates were distraught when the first meet was canceled.

“We were pretty bummed at our school,” he said. “I like running and the getting together of all the schools.”

First-time track meet participant Aric Smiley enjoyed the experience, and like many other children wanted to compete against the other schools in the area.

“It’s really fun, and it’s good for all of the schools to meet up,” said the Tahoe Valley fifth-grader.

The change of dates prevented some schools from competing, but all four LTUSD elementary schools were present, and Martin reported that several Zephyr Cove students competed, even though their school was already out for the summer.

Carlson carried over some of the spirit of the Classic by painting his face and arms blue. That spirit was palpable throughout the last event as children cheered on their classmates in the final relay race.

Ribbons were awarded to children in each heat, and the meet moved to a swift end without a timing system tracking each competitor. Martin said the idea was to provide each child with a positive track experience.

Children can continue competing in track and field throughout the summer. South Lake Tahoe Parks & Recreation All-Comers meets are planned for each Thursday at the CYSC. The first meet is June 25. For more information, go to

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