Over 500 students gathered at Powhatan School in Millwood today to run, jump and sweat in this year’s Quadra School Track & Field Competition. The annual event is traditionally held at the end of the school year and provides students from four local private schools with a chance to demonstrate their speed and agility in ten different event classes. The event also honored Tom Northrup, the headmaster of The Hill School in Middleburg, who is retiring after 29 years of leadership for the school.
Four local private schools traditionally participate in the day-long event; Powhatan School in Millwood, The Hill School in Middleburg, Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg and Highland School in Warrenton. 4th – 8th graders participated in a wide range of traditional track and field events; Races included relays (4×100 yards), sprints (80 / 100 yards), mid-distance (400/600/800 yards) and one mile; Long jump and high jump; Soccer ball and software ball throw; Shot put and obstacle course.
Strong sunshine with temperatures in the low 80’s combined with high humidity sapped energy from both participants and supporters. Water bottles stored in ice tubs were stationed around the field. The threat of scattered severe thunderstorms did not materialize although several dark clouds drifted overhead from time-to-time throughout the day.
In keeping with its tradition for fostering sportsmanship and self-competition, no individual school is designated as the winner of the event. However, individual performance ribbons are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each event. Many meet records were broken during the day including times for the 100 yard dash and 4×100 relay.
Powhatan Headmaster John Laythrop began the closing ceremonies with a tribute to Thomas A. Northrup. “Tom Northrup has been the heart and soul of Hill School for 29 years. During my 18 years here as headmaster at Powhatan Tom has been an inspiration, mentor and great friend. Tom, you will be sorely missed but we know that you’ll be around and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Quadra School meet!” Laythrop presented Northrup with a engraved commemorative silver plaque and congratulated him for his years of service.
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