April 29, 2016 – More than 1,000 student athletes and hundreds of parents filled the Memorial Stadium at Bakersfield College for the annual Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Track Meet.
“We love this event, we’re here every year,” said parent Sonia Perez. “The Track Meet helps students stay motivated, and I think sports are good because they can help keep students out of problems.”
Students participated in a variety of track and field events. Those receiving first through fourth place honors at the District Meet will go on to compete at the Kern County Track Meet on April 30, 2016 at Liberty High School.
“It is a very important competing. Competition teaches us to bring out our best effort,” said Francis Escudero, from Chavez Elementary School, who placed second in the 200 meter race.
Planning and training for a competitive event such as this builds character and helps students learn the rewards of teamwork and preparation, lessons that will serve them the rest of their lives.
“The Track Meet is a motivation to do better academically. In order to compete the kids must have a good GPA,” said Lewis Neal, Youth Services Supervisor and one of the event organizers.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the meet and many thanks to the friends and families who were there to cheer them on.