Unified track team comes together in first meet

By Brody Patmore

Sports Editor

The first Unified Track meet was last Tuesday at home.

Unified Track is a track team made up of students with disabilities and an equal number of students without disabilities who participate in three meets over the course of the season.

Tuesday was the first meet of the season for the team as they took on Dallastown and York County School of Technology. The Lions came out on top with a score of 131, beating the Wildcats of Dallastown by just two points.

However, unified track is not all about winning.

“I do Unified Track to meet new people and to just see everyone so happy,” said junior Zach Stambaugh. “When we heard our score today, everyone was just so excited because of the hard work paying off.”

Brandon Sinks and Rachel Hannah, both special education students, said they do Unified Track to meet new people, make new friends, and have fun.

The Lions are lead by head coach Mrs. Denise Wagner who is also a special education teacher at the high school. Wagner feels that the determination of the team is what brought them the win.

“I would encourage people to do Unified to be able to experience something new and to go out of your comfort zone to meet new people,” said Stambaugh. “You don’t know what you’re missing out on until you’ve tried it.”

The next meet is Apr. 29 against Ephrata and will be held at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster.

“I hope that the team spirit fills their hearts with wonderful memories and positive emotions,” said Wagner. “It is not about winning a meet, but the feeling of giving your best that makes a true team.”

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