WINCHESTER — Obstacle course racing, swimming and hiking were the best activities available to Winchester and Green elementary school students during Friday’s field day at Umpqua Community College, at least that’s what they told The News-Review.

“It was awesome,” said Morgan Smith, a third-grader from Winchester, said. “Especially the obstacle course racing.”

Green Elementary’s LaTricia Whiteberg disagreed, “Swimming and hiking were the best.”

But perhaps that was because LaTricia has been obstacle course racing in her physical education classes. Although, it was a bit tougher on the community college campus, according to the fifth grader.

“It was tough,” LaTricia said. “The tires and the monkey bars were really hard and I couldn’t swing across.”

It was the first time LaTricia and her twin sister LaVena came to the UCC pool, but both said they hope to come back again in the summer.

“I think it’s great, (the students) loved it,” Ashley Fisk, learning specialist at Green, said. “Exposure is a huge thing.”

Green fourth grader Peyton Tate had been to the pool before, but said he had fun with his friends and enjoyed the obstacle course.

UCC staff was also on hand for a variety of other activities such as hula hoops, bubble wants, balls and a grass field.

“We had a great day of making memories,” Winchester Elementary School Principal Rick Snyder said.

The two schools were invited to the campus free of charge and hope they’ll be able to do it again next year.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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Conducting such events is an excellent rest for students, in turn, the college will receive positive reviews in newspapers and articles, for which such events should be held more often.

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