WA State School for the Blind hosts Track Meet
WA State School for the Blind hosts Track Meet
Posted on 06/04/2019
Every spring WSSB (Washington State School for the Blind) in Vancouver, Washington hosts an annual track meet for visually impaired students across the state.  This year 11 students from Puyallup attended the event held on May 16, 2019.  The running events included 25,50,100,200, 400, and 800 meters.  Field events included standing long jump, running long jump, modified shot put, shot put, high jump, and turbo javelin.  In addition to track and field events, students enjoyed live animals, face painting, and the sensory safari.  Scott McCallum, Washington State School of the Blind superintendent, said the power of the event comes from a student or child (who is blind or visually impaired) knowing they are not alone.  At the Puyallup School District, our visually impaired students are not alone, and are in fact being cheered on by fellow students, parents, and district staff both on the field and off. This event was just one opportunity to come together and show our support for these students.   

The following students received event ribbons: Isaiah Agcaoili, Hunter Calderon-Diaz, Levi Dailey, Mileah Dailey, Nathaniel Dailey, Xavia Foley, Jonatan Hill, Gwendolynn Meloney, Rory Opheikens, Steven Tyler Russell, and Selma Palmer Vazquez.  

A Special Congratulations to Rory Opheikens - he received one of only three medals handed out for All-Around Athlete! 

Puyallup Vision Team includes: 
Rebecca Cervantez-Foley, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)/Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Dawn Hudnall, Vision Teacher
Natalie Harvey Banks, Vision Teacher
Katie Wellentin, Braille Specialist

Learn more about this year's track meet by reading this short blog post from Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.