NEW PALESTINE — Zion Lutheran School students recently split into three factions — the red, white and black — to battle each other in track and field events.

All of the first- through eighth-graders were divided into three teams made up of an equitable amount of students from each grade. Each team was given one of the three school colors to represent their team.

The children arrived in their teams’ colors ready to compete and cheer on their teammates. The morning started off at the soccer field with the sprint races. The girls, then the boys, in each grade raced against each other.

All the teams then trooped over to the playground area, where each grade rotated through the field events. First- through fifth-graders challenged other students in their grade in the softball throw, and sixth- through eighth-graders competed in the shot put.

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Then each grade rotated into the broad jump arena to compete against each other.

After a break for lunch, the students headed back over to the soccer fields for distance races and relay races.

When the final scores were announced, the red team finished in first place with 138 points.

The white team took second with 126 points, and the black team finished third with 105 points.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or