Waynedale Elementary School held its annual Wonder Mile event on Wednesday. May 18. The school wide event has the top milers in third through fifth grades competing against one another for trophies and the honor of being named the fastest boy or girl in the school. Over the years, the Wonder Mile has become a major event at the school. Parents, relatives, former students and classmates all show up to cheer on their favorite runners. The competitors qualify during the Presidential Fitness testing done in the spring.
Mark Hageman, physical education teacher, directs and encourages the kids as they do their five laps around the school playground. The school faculty and students cheer the racers to the finish line.
The fastest third-grade boy was Connor Uffelman with a one-mile time of 6 minutes and 32 seconds. Connor’s twin sister Cassi placed second in the girl’s mile behind third-grade girl’s winner Jasmine Gilbreath. Jasmine’s time was 7:34 and Cassi’s time was 7:51.
Fifth grader Scott Jacquen won the title of fastest kid in the school with a time of 6:25. Tim Charles came in second with a time of 6:32.
Previous winners of the Waynedale Elementary School Wonder Mile were the Simpson twins. The Simpson girls went on to be outstanding athletes at Northrup High School, as well as, championship runners in college. Who knows what the future will hold for these Wonder Milers from Waynedale Elementary School.