All City Track Meet Attracts Scores of Elementary Students

Kindergarten students ran the 100 meters on the field at South Pasadena High School’s Ray Solari Stadium. See more photos on page 11. Photos by Henk Friezer

South Pasadena High School’s Ray Solari Stadium was the site for the annual All City Track Meet last Friday afternoon that featured the athletic prowess of elementary school students throughout the city.

The annual affair features youngsters from kindergarten through fifth grade from all public and private elementary schools in the city. The schools included participants from Marengo, Arroyo Vista, Monterey Hills and Holy Family, to name just a few of the hundreds that competed.

Scores of youngsters had the opportunity to show their athletic abilities in running events as well as a variety of track field events. They were competing for medals and the opportunity to stand on the victory podium and have their names and their schools they represented announced. They wore special shirts with their school colors.

It is the highlight of the year for the youngsters and their respective families, many in attendance said.

Moreover, the massive event requires the High School field to be cordoned off prior to the event for preparation, officials said.

The meet has opening ceremonies that were held at 3:45 p.m. Friday and each school had a clearly marked section in the grandstands, which were overflowing with family and friends.

The snack bar was fully operational with all the proceeds going to the South Pasadena Middle School Booster Club.

Ironically, parking is always a premium when a sporting event occurs at the Solari Stadium but even more so with the All City Track Meet, which finds neighboring streets blocks away packed with parked vehicles.