The Plano School District 2A Unified Track and Field Team won 1st in the State of Illinois on Thursday, May 27th at the IHSA Meet held at the Eastern Illinois University O'Brien Field. Congratulations to the following athletes: K.C., Matthew, John, Jay, Christopher, Zachary, Petrit, Jacob, Stevie, Lizbeth, Sydney, Logan and Amanda. Students that helped qualify for the state competition are the following: Anna, Joshua, Sasha & C.J. The coaches for the Unified Track and Field Team are Leann Teckenbrock, Beth Lohrey and Mariah Watson.
IHSA Unified Track and Field is 1 of 13 Special Olympics Illinois state sports competitions. It is the championship level competition for those participating in high school Unified Team Track and Field. Unified Track and Field is a Team event where individuals compete and earn points towards a team total, individual awards are not given. A team is comprised of equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners with a maximum roster size of 12. Individuals are able to compete in a maximum of two events consisting of 100M run, 200M run, 400M run, 4 x 100M relay, shot-put and running long jump. Teams qualify for the IHSA Unified Track and Field State Tournament by winning regional tournaments held across the state. Unified Track is held in conjunction with the IHSA Boys State Track and Field Competition. Unified Track became an official Special Olympics sport in 2022.
Congratulations to the Plano Unified Track and Field Team for their extraordinary accomplishments!