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Eli VanHulsentop, a Grade 6 student at South Meridian Elementary, clears the bar during high jump competition at the 2018 Barry Morley Memorial Track Meet at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Below right, Mehar Bajwa, a Grade 6 Prince Charles Elementary student, makes an attempt in Bantam boys long jump.
Hundreds of budding Surrey track stars have descended on Bear Creek Park track for the 44th-annual Barry Morley Memorial Track Meet.
The six-day event welcomes students from 100 of Surrey School District's elementary schools to compete in sprint and distance running events, high jump, triple jump, long jump, shot put, discus and relays. Schools compete against one another based on their enrolment size (tiny, small, medium, large, extra-large and big) and students are categorized according to age (tyke, peewee and bantam).
The meet was named for Barry Morley, who began teaching in Surrey in the 1960s and was instrumental in starting the district track meets and creating the schedule that is still in use today. The high-energy, multi-day event is made possible by the efforts of teachers, parents, current and retired school administrators, trustees and secondary students.
This year's competitions began May 29 and continue until June 6.
Above, Tyke girls prepare for their 80m sprint. Below, Leif Jensen, in Grade 7 at Ray Shepherd Elementary, runs ahead of the pack in a 1500m Bantam boys race.