Last Saturday, like Roman legions marching to war, dorms paraded to Field Day chanting their battle hymns and flaunting their emblems. Brothers and sisters in arms, students gathered around the field in front of the Academy Building ready to prove themselves and have some fun in the process.
“We prepared for this event during the whole week,” said Jarett Wilson from Wentworth Hall. “It’s going to be great and I’m confident that we can win this Field Day.”
After everything was said and done, the champions were crowned in front of the entire Exeter community. Ewald Dorm won the Upper School boys’ championship and Dunbar Hall captured the girls’ title. Though it was neck-and-neck between Ewald and Main Street the entire time, Ewald pulled away with the victory after winning the dizzy relay. As for Dunbar Hall, the ladies took a victory lap around the field after learning of their win, letting everyone know they were champions.
From Access Exeter, Soule Hall won the boys’ championship and Williams House won the girls’. At the announcement of each winner, both dorms erupted with cheer and applause, as students gave each other hugs and high fives.
Events kicked off with the sack jump, where students had to stand in large bags and hop from one side of the field to the other. The Upper School boys went first, having a great time jumping past one another. Austin Morris, a winner from Main Street Dorm who bolted ahead of the pack, felt bad for the competition because they “didn’t know what happened to them.”
Similarly, the Upper School girls had fun jumping and tumbling across the grass. “It was funny to watch other people fall,” said Jada Pree from Dunbar Hall.
Next up was the three-legged race. In two-person teams, students stood next to one another and bound their inner legs together, essentially making themselves three-legged beings. In an event that requires the utmost cooperation, some teams excelled and other teams flopped. Some racers even fell over and dragged their partners across the grass, leading to some amusing moments.
Kirti Lamba recalled her experience with the three-legged race, “My partner and I fell. Since she was taller than me, her strides were too big. Therefore I tripped, resulting in her falling on top of me. It was a huge mess.”
Paul Sin, a winner from Wheelwright Dorm, said his strategy was counting “one-two” with his teammate. Regardless, the smiles on students’ faces indicated that everyone was having a great time, whether one was participating or spectating.
The final competition was the dizzy relay, in which competitors ran to one end of the field, spun ten times around a stationary bat on the ground, and ran back to tag in his/her teammate. As would be expected, spectators were amused watching their peers struggle to run after getting dizzy. “This was probably the best competition and the funniest to watch,” said Sierra Simpson. Adriana Gaines said, “The best part was when people let go of the bat and started running. They were so dizzy that they would either fall or run sideways. They would look straight while running sideways.”
As evidenced by their organization, the Upper School boys took the event very seriously. The “anchor” of his team, Ned Camel, jumped around to warm up for his leg of the race. “I feel pumped,” he said right before taking off.
However, a mishap did occur during the dizzy relay. While spinning around the baseball bat, one student slipped in the wet grass and hit his face on the knob of the bat. He was helped off the field and soon recovered.
Before the event ended, faculty also partook in the festivities by competing in their own dizzy relay. With boys’ dorm advisors pitted against girls’ dorm advisors, students laughed as they watched their teachers go through the same woozy agony they just endured.
All in all, students had a fun time competing and watching their friends. Field Day is supposed to bring people together, and it appears that that goal was accomplished. “I thought that Field Day was great because it was a reunion for all the students,” said Hector Plezé. With hope, students will remember all the good times they had, that is, if they still aren’t dizzy.