BEDFORD, Ohio — Nearly 45 area students showed off their Olympic talents Saturday at Bedford High School.
It was the first-ever Regional Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.
Students from Bedford and Berea city schools along with the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities competed in events like the shot-put, 100 meter dash, relays and long jumps.
The event kicked off with an Olympic-style parade of athletes at Bearcat Stadium.
Organizers said the students have been preparing for the competition for weeks.
“Just to see it on their faces when they paraded in, and their names were announced along with their affiliation,” said Diane Schentur, one of the event coordinators. “As you see an athlete finish an event and run across that finish line with the fans cheering, it’s amazing.”
The event is meant to qualify students to compete at the Special Olympics state level competition set for later this year.
Organizers hope to make the regional competition an annual event.