Young athletes vying in Modesto City Schools track and field meet

An estimated 700 fifth- and sixth-graders are running and jumping in the sunshine today at the Modesto City Schools Track and Field Day at Modesto Junior College.

This is the third year for the meet, in which seven elementary schools are entered, said Dan Glenn, a teacher at Wilson Elementary School. He said with 70 participants, his team was the smallest of those entered.

The meet began at 9 a.m. and will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.