Keeping a community on track

Tina Spencer, who works as county clerk when she?s not training, soars through the air for a leap of 5 feet 7 inches in the long jump. Her best leap was 5-81?2.About 31 residents, ranging in age from grade school to 60-plus, turned out to run, throw and jump during the first Peabody & Burns Community Track Meet on Saturday at the school track. The brainchild of Brian Lightner, track and field coach at Peabody-Burns High School, the purpose of the day of competition was to have a ?laid-back, fun and casual? community event that would promote physical fitness for residents of all ages, stir interest in track and field among young students and provide a service project for his high school team. The docket of events started with a 5-kilometer run at 10 a.m., then continued through 17 additional events ranging from throwing Frisbees and tennis balls, to traditional field events like shot put and high jump, finishing with a series of sprints, hurdles, relays and a ?Jogger?s Mile,? where the winner is the person who comes closest to predicting his or her finishing time. Participants competed for ribbons in age categories. Lightner said the event was funded with a $400 grant through the Peabody Community Foundation plus some funds from the city recreation budget.





Fourth-grader Weston McFall clears the high jump bar at 3 feet, 4 inches. He went on to win the kids division by clearing 3-6.










N.M. Patton, 67, takes a leap in the long jump. He competed in the 60-plus age category.










































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