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PHOTOS: Young Runners Compete in Multi-Elementary School Meet

Students from five elementary schools in Perry Hall and Kingsville raced Tuesday at Gunpowder Elementary.

"Remember, this is for your health! Just do your best to finish," shouted Jayne Donohoe to a few dozen eager-looking fourth grade girls Tuesday afternoon.

The girls were about to launch on a mile-long run across Gunpowder Elementary's grounds. It was the first of four races during a cross country meet of five elementary schools in Perry Hall and Kingsville.

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Donohoe, a physical education teacher at Gunpowder, coordinated the meet "with a lot of help," she said.

Previous meets involving Gunpowder were joined with Towson area schools, but this was the first exclusive to Perry Hall and Kingsville. It brought together students from Gunpowder Elementary, , , and .

Miranda Dillon, who won the fourth-grade girls race, said her secret lies in performing Irish dance and playing with the Pumas Travel Soccer Club.

"It feels good to win," Dillon said.

Chris Potter, a fifth-grade student at St. Stephen, ran the meet's best time—6 minutes, 15 seconds.

Leeann Grutkowski, a parent who helped with the event, said the meet helped make exercise more fun for the kids.

"That's what Miss Donohoe always says, 'Do what's fun for you; pick something you love,'" Grutkowski said.

Upcoming multi-elementary school meets include:

  • Oct 20, 4 p.m. at Stoneleigh Elementary
  • Oct. 27, 4:15 p.m. at Kingsville Elementary
  • Nov. 3, 4:15 p.m. at Perry Hall Elementary

Fourth grade winners (as shown in photo gallery):

  • Girls from left, in order of placement: Miranda Dillon, Emma Ryan, Katie Hormes, Mackenzie Click, Rachel Thomas, Kendall Rittmeyer, Haley Burns, Nicole Mason, Mariah McQueen, Elizabeth Mende
  • Boys from left, in order of placement: Eryk Saquisi, Michael Gettier, Adam Grutkowski, Andrew Fitch, Mason Paradise, Timmy Ramirez, Brandon Yackwlak, Michael Wozar, Nick Morris, Austin Marschall

Fifth grade winners (as shown in photo gallery):

  • Girls from left, in order of placement: Janie Kressman and Phoebe Canoles (two-person tie), Kearson Williams, Kelly Smith, Marissa Lesko, Samantha Tornatore, Ashley Jensen, Jennifer Thomas, Gabby Spenard, Caitlyn Warfield, Miranda Burton and Zoe Hammel and Elizabeth Wagner (three-person tie)
  • Boys from left, in order of placement: Chris Potter, Sam Deacon, Karl Taylor, Mitchel Shanklin, Connor Draper, Sam Vermette, Nick Bush, Nathan Gorman, Ryan Flury, Tim Walter
Tim October 12, 2011 at 06:01 PM
This reminds me of "Field Day" in the spring every year when I was in elementary school (different state). Good stuff!
Beares October 12, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Fantastic! However, more time during each day needs to be allocated in both elementary and middle schools for some sort of recess. We tell the kids they need to eat right and exercise more but the schools do not provide either on a daily basis. Kids need more time to run, play kick or dodge ball. gym is fine but it isn't enough. Kids with hyperactivity problems would benefit immensely from the extra activity.
Bill Howard October 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
@ Beares You are soooo right! Kids need more activity when young in order to be lifelong active adults. I like what these schools have done. I also like the working projects where kids do things for others as well. Nice to get such good news in my e-mail Thanks again Patch.
Leeann G October 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Thanks to the Patch for coming out and seeing what great fun the kids had! As always Mrs. Donohoe was awesome. Gunpowder is so lucky to have her!!! Great job runners and thanks to Mother Nature for the beautiful afternoon!
FT October 14, 2011 at 02:33 PM
This was the first time my child participated in the cross country meet. It was very encouraging to see all of the kids having a great time. I was very impressed that Gunpowder's administration was out there showing their support for this event and wearing their school's cross country t-shirt. Gunpowder is lucky to have such a supportive and caring administration!

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