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With spectators cheering them on, a group of boys race around the Bear Creek Park track at Surrey Schools' annual district-wide Barry Morley Memorial Track Meet. Below right, Kailey McKay, a student at Sullivan Elementary, competes in triple jump. At bottom is Grade 6 Prince Charles Elementary student Charles Mahjub clearing the high jump bar.
The cheering from the stands echoed through Bear Creek Park this week as students rooted for their friends and teammates competing at the 45th-annual Barry Morley Memorial Track Meet.
The six-day event started May 28 and goes until June 5, with hundreds of students from Surrey and White Rock's 101 elementary schools taking part.
Schools are grouped according to their enrolment size (tiny, small, medium, large, extra-large and big) and compete against each other on their scheduled day of the district meet. Students compete in distance and sprint running events, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and relays, categorized by age (tyke, peewee and bantam).
The meet was named for Barry Morley, who began teaching in Surrey in the 1960s and was instrumental in establishing and running the district meets. Hundreds of teachers, administrators, parents, secondary students, retired staff and community members help stage the multi-day annual event.