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For Scouts’ Gold Award, Robinson organizes track meet on Friday

Lillie Robinson has organized a track and field meet for elementary students on May 22 at 3 p.m. at Bob Jones High School. (CONTRIBUTED)
Lillie Robinson has organized a track and field meet for elementary students on May 22 at 3 p.m. at Bob Jones High School. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – A track standout at Bob Jones High School is helping future track stars to stay the course.

Lillie Robinson has organized a track and field meet for elementary-age students in grades K-6 who attend Madison City Schools. The event will be held at the Bob Jones track on May 22 at 3 p.m.

The track team is supporting Robinson in her effort. “Lillie is holding the track meet as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project,” Beth Bero said. Bero serves as leader of Girl Scout Troop 242 and works as enrichment specialist at Horizon Elementary School.

The track and field events, in order, will be 1600 meter, 100 meter, 400 meter, 200 meter, 800 meter and 4 by 100 meter relay. In addition, athletes can enter a softball throw and long jump conducted during the running events, Bero said.

“Students can participate in as many or as few events as they choose,” Bero said. “Girls will only run with other girls in their respective age group (K-2, 3-4 and 5-6) and same for the guys.”

To register, students should contact their physical education teacher. Depending on number of entries, officials may combine age groups. Parents should plan to attend with their children.

For each age group, the first-place winner will receive a prize. The winning school across all age groups will earn a team prize.

“Lillie’s project goal is to encourage healthy behavior in students and to encourage kids to explore the sports in track and field,” Bero said. Robinson also plans to build a sign with Bob Jones’ state and school records in track events.

“Come out and support Bob Jones track with a day of fun and running,” Bero said.

In past track honors, Robinson led the 3,200-meter run in less than 13 minutes at the Indoor Track Holiday Invitational in Birmingham. In 2014, Robinson had the highest GPA at 5.00 on the Bob Jones Cross-Country Team for the first nine weeks.

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