The Public School System All Schools Track and Field Championship returns with a series of qualifying tournaments for elementary, middle school, and high School after a year-long stand still as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, the championships, that is usually scheduled for May every year, was postponed. Northern Marianas Athletics used to hold qualifying events in March and April and schedule the championships in May.
Finally, over a year later, the event will kick start on April 13 starting with the elementary school division qualifiers.
Qualifiers are divided into the elementary division (U7, U9, and U11 age group), middle school (U14), and high school (U18). The elementary group competes in the 60m, 100, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, and 4x100m relays runs, long jump, and softball throw, while middle and high school participants do the same run races plus the 3,000m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays, long jump, and discuss, javelin, and shot put throws.
Competing in the elementary division qualifiers are San Vicente Elementary School, William S. Reyes Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy, Mount Carmel School, Seventh Day Adventist, Saipan International School, Agape Christian School, Brilliant Star School, Gregorio T. Camacho, Garapan Elementary School, Oleai Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, and Saipan Community School.
Saipan student-athletes vie for slots in the May tournament, while Rota and Tinian are given outright berths in the finale.
The All Schools meet is NMA’s grassroots program and has produced talented athletes who represented the CNMI in international tournaments, such as the World Championships and the Oceania Area Championships.
The event has also served as a training ground for young athletes wanting to don the Commonwealth colors in regional competitions like the Micronesian Games and Micronesian Championships.