Park City athlete shines at first ever Unified track meet

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Park City athlete shines at first ever Unified track meet

Park City Senior Lillian Briggs won two events in her first ever track meet last week. (Photo courtesy of Park City School)

Park City senior Lillian Briggs ran away with wins in the 100 yard dash unified and the 100 yard hurdles unified at Park City’s first ever Unified track meet held last week.

“It was a thrill to compete in the track meet last weekend,” Briggs told the News in an email this week. “This is the first and only year I have been in high school track. My favorite part of the meet was competing in the girls 100 meter hurdles.”

Unified Sports are part of Special Olympics in Montana and this year, in partnership with the Montana High School Association and various high schools, Briggs and other students with intellectual disabilities will compete at several track meets.

All student-athletes will practice and compete together at several meets. The idea is inclusion. According to the Special Olympics Unified Sports mission, the program “brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train, strive for goals, and compete on the same team.”

The program states that sports “are a physical workout that build friendship, character, leadership and social inclusion.”

Current Special Olympics Montana sports offering unified competition include basketball, bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, athletics (track and field), kayaking, bocce, equestrian, soccer, golf, triathlon, cycling and swimming.