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Athletics Update: Sixth Grade Crushes Fitness Testing

John O’Neill, director of athletics
March 10, 2023

The sixth grade class got after it in athletics this week. Whether participating in a competitive badminton tournament, some intense fitness stations, a joyous game of kickball, or the infamous beep test, each and every sixth grade athlete brought their best effort. The week culminated with the second running of the beep test, a multistage fitness test that allows athletes to track their progress over the course of a year. Also known as the PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run), the test challenges athletes to run 20-meter bursts while pacing themselves with audible beeps. As time progresses, the time between beeps becomes shorter and athletes must run faster to reach the 20-meter marker. Over 75% of the sixth grade athletes improved their score from the first time they ran it in December and those who didn’t were very close to matching their pace. The strong scores are a testament to the hard work the athletes put in this winter, and as the page turns to the spring season, these athletes are ready to hit the ground running!

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