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"Junior Olympians" Have Some Fun at Arnold Field!

One of the longest-running traditions in Lower Merion School District is the Junior Olympics, which has been a part of the elementary physical education curriculum for more than six decades. Each spring, fourth graders at all six elementary schools participate in a track & field unit in their gym classes. After completing the unit, students from Belmont Hills, Cynwyd, Gladwyne, Merion, Penn Valley and Penn Wynne gather at Lower Merion High School’s Arnold Field for a fun-filled culminating affair as they compete for ribbons and school pride in events such as the High Jump, Long Jump, 60-Yard Dash, 4x100 Relay, Distance Run, Softball Throw and Tug-of-War!

To view images from this year’s event, click through the slideshow below! (And thanks to Danielle Brooks and Amanda Slattery for sharing their photos with us!)

An excited Penn Wynne educator raises her hands as she walks to the stands with her students
Penn Wynne students make their way to the bleachers
A Penn Wynne student reaches out for a high five from an unseen Merion student
Students from each elementary school participate in the 60-yard dash
The Penn Valley Panther makes his way across the track before the sprints begin
A shot of the Merion Mustangs in the bleachers at Arnold Field
A smiling Penn Wynne student makes her way to the bleachers
A Penn Wynne student stares stoically in to the camera
Penn Wynne students file into Arnold Field and head for the bleachers
Principal Bernatowicz and the giant Penn Wynne Penguin mascot hold hands
Penn Wynne students in the bleachers
A smiling Penn Wynne student waves at someone off camera
The elementary school mascots pose for a picture
Penn Wynne and Merion students running
Students stand in line, patiently waiting for their turn to do the Long Jump
The giant Penn Wynne Penguin mascot hypes up the Penn Wynne students
Penn Wynne students participate in the Tug of War
A student clears the bar in the high jump
Four Penn Wynne students smile for a picture
Students gather around a teacher as they listen to the rules for the high jump
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
A student flies through the air as she participates in the long jump
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Teachers congratulate a student on a job well done
A Penn Wynne student sprints down the track
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
A teacher gives a student a high five
A student runs down the track with the support of classmates and teachers
A jubilant student runs down the track with the support of classmates and teachers
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
A smiling student looks at the camera
Students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
A student scrunches up his face as he pulls with all his might in the Tug of War
A student releases a cathartic yell after his team wins the Tug of War
Students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Belmont Hills students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Belmont Hills students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Merion students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
A Merion student flexes as she and her teammates get ready for a Tug of War
Mr. Davis gets ready to start a round of Tug of War
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Valley students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Mr. Davis gets ready to start the next round of Tug of War
Merion students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Mr. Davis yells encouragement to his team
A student clears the bar in the high jump event
A student clears the bar in the high jump event
A Cynwyd student clears the bar in the high jump event
A Cynwyd student clears the bar in the high jump event
Penn Wynne students give each a high five at the Junior Olympics
A Belmont Hills student stands in the foreground as Gladwyne students look on
Principal Bernatowicz speaks with some of his students
Mr. Davis gets ready for a big Tug of War match between two opposing schools
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Gladwyne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Gladwyne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Cynwyd students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Mr. Davis raises his arm in the air as Cynwyd prepares to square off against Merion in the Tug of War
Two Belmont Hills's students do a dance
Two Belmont Hills' students continue their dance
Belmont Hills students look serious as they await the start of their Tug of War
Belmont Hills students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Valley students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
A Penn Wynne student makes an intense face during the Tug of War match
A teacher congratulates a student on his blue ribbon
Three educators discuss the rules and regulations of the high jump
A Penn Wynne student clears the bar in the high jump
Mr. Esibill on the mic at the Junior Olympics
Mr. Esibill on the mic at the Junior Olympics
Girls look on as they await their turn in the high jump
Mr. Esibill on the mic at the Junior Olympics
Gladwyne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Gladwyne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Gladwyne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Cynwyd students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
A Gladwyne student raises her arms to the sky triumphantly after winning the Tug of War
Cynwyd students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
A smiling Penn Wynne student
Mr. Davis blows the whistle to being the next Tug of War match
Belmont Hills students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Cynwyd and Merion go head-to-head in the Tug of War
A Penn Wynne student smiles at the camera
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Two Belmont Hills students chat in between events
Two Belmont Hills students dance at the Junior Olympics
Two Belmont Hills students jump around as they celebrate a big win
Penn Wynne students pull as hard as they can while participating in the Tug of War
Smiling Belmont Hills students
Belmont Hills prepares for the start of a big Tug of War match
Belmont Hills students chat in between events
Two Penn Wynne students watch the competition intently
The Gladwyne students sit in the bleachers
The Penn Valley Panther raises his arms in the air
Students participate in the softball throw
The Gladwyne Wolf mascot poses for a picture
Students participate in the softball throw
Students participate in the softball throw
A student races across the finish line
A Cynwyd student races across the finish line
A Gladwyne student races across the finish line
Penn Wynne students in the bleachers
Penn Valley students in the bleachers
Cynwyd students in the bleachers
The elementary school mascots pose for a picture
The principals and their mascots pose for a picture
Elementary school students stand at ready at the starting line for the 60-yard dash
Students smile and laugh at the Junior Olympics
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
A teacher gives words of encouragement to a student
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students stand at the starting line as they await the signal to start the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
A student runs down the track with the encouragement of her friends and teachers
A student receives encouragement from a teacher and classmates before her race
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash
Students sprint down the track as they participate in the 60-yard dash