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COLUMBUS — Students were eager to cross the finish line on the track and for the school year.

The warm weather Monday didn’t slow down participants in track and field day for Platte Center and Shell Creek elementary schools.

The annual event at Lakeview High School is one of the last activities for students to take part in before the summer break arrives.

From jumping hurdles to running relays, children put their skills to the test while burning off some energy.

Marissa Vetick, a fifth-grade student at Shell Creek, snagged ribbons in the softball toss and 75-meter hurdles.

Though she was still catching her breath after coming in first in her last race, Vetick was able to talk about what she's looking forward to after Wednesday's final day of classes for K-8 students.

“Going on vacation and maybe swimming,” she said while naming activities on her summer to-do list.

She said her fifth-grade year was a good one.

“It went by fast because I had my favorite teacher, Mrs. (Michala) Wurdeman,” Vetick said.

Shell Creek third-grader Erinn Briggs tested her athleticism while competing in the long jump, 75-meter hurdles and 50-yard dash.

Holding one of her ribbons in her hand, Briggs said she isn't sad to see the school year come to a close. She's eager to attend a family camp in Missouri.

Classmate Carter Schmidt finished his hurdle race after competing in the soccer ball kick earlier in the day.

He said the only time he misses school during the summer is when he gets bored. Schmidt is hoping to stay busy with 4-H and farming near Platte Center.

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