Photos by Samantha Christian. The annual Verona Area School District Pumpkin Cross Country Run was held at the high school on Oct. 19. First- through third-graders ran 700 meters while fourth- through sixth-graders ran 1100 meters.
Anja Johnson-Arreola, a fifth-grader at Core Knowledge Charter School, receives a ribbon at the finish line from sophomore JV cross country runners Jack Snodgrass and Josh Nybroten.
At right, Matthew Burdette, a second-grader at Country View Elementary School, peers over to Jack Argraves, first-grader at Glacier Edge Elementary School, while rounding a corner along the race route.
Lexi Stremlow, a sixth-grader at Savanna Oaks Middle School, nears the finish line.
Aaron Bloodsaw, a fifth-grader at Country View Elementary School, gains speed after running down a hill.
Mandy Davis and other parents cheer for the kids.
Sorana Borleske, 6, a first-grader, looks at the leaderboard following the race.
Julia Pletta, a sophomore on the varsity cross country teams, adds times to the leaderboard.
Ayoo Ogundeji, a third-grader at Core Knowledge Charter School, runs alongside classmate Kamari Norris.
Nearing the finish line are Core Knowledge Charter School fifth-graders Maisy Nevins, Kamiah Fields and Paige Lambe.