SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Community YMCA is holding its third annual Knights Cup Track Meet June 11, with local schools competing to win the titular trophy.
The event, sponsored by Community Running Partner The Law Offices of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo and DeNigris, will be held, rain or shine, at 9 a.m., with check in at 8 a.m. and will run until 11 a.m. at the Southington High School track and field. Athletes will meet in three groups, grades 4 to 5, grades 6 to 8 and grades 9 to adults. Kids can pick two of the following events to complete in: 100, 400 and 1600 meter runs, a long jump, shot put, softball and turbo javelin (foam). “This is a good way to give your kids an introduction to running and for coaches to see the talent out there,” said John Myers, executive director of the Southington Community YMCA. “Younger kids will have the opportunity to see high school kids competing so that they can look up to them as role models.”
Medals will be given for first through eighth place and the elementary school and middle school teams with the most points will win the Knight’s Cup for that year. The cup will remain with the winning school until next year’s event.
“Last year, Derynoski was our elementary school winner and DePaolo was our middle school winner,” said Myers. “Each year, the winning school is added to a plaque on the cup.”
Myers said that the event goes along with the YMCA’s mission to promote healthy living and is intended to educate kids about track sports. Last year, he said 100 students participated and he encouraged more local youth to get involved this year.
Water will be provided and parents are expected to stay in the stands and watch the meet. Any special needs should be communicated before the meet to director Dan Dachelet by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dachelet also runs the “CT Storm” track and field summer club that meets at the high school.
To register, visit sccymca.org/knightscup and use the keyword “Knight.”
Donations of $2 to $5 are appreciated during the day of the meet at the registration table. Funds go toward the cost of the meet and developing a youth running program in Southington.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.