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      Special Olympics athletes compete in track and field meet at CNS

      Special Olympics athletes take to the track.

      Area Special Olympics athletes came together Thursday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School to compete in a track and field event.

      There were 12 participating school districts from all over Oswego and Onondaga Counties.

      The young athletes enjoyed a parade, led by grand marshal Kayla McKeon, a motivational speaker with Downs Syndrome and a graduate of North Syracuse Central School District.

      Athletes faced off in several events, including 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter races, as well as running long jump, standing broad jump, shotput and softball throw.

      There were also adapted 25 and 30 meter events that included walking independently and assisted, as well as power wheelchair and wheelchair independent.

      On the infield, the kids enjoyed bowling, bean bag toss and many other fun-filled events.

      Fina Santangelo, the head of the organizing committee and a PE teacher, said that 668 athletes competed in the meet, with over 200 student volunteers helping to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

      â??Our job is to make this a great day, a fun day. Everybody goes away with a smile; not only our participants but our student volunteers as well,â?? Santangelo said.