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Olympic athletes visits local school

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students at Wherry Elementary School on Friday got to meet track and field Olympians and learn what it takes to become one.

Desire Lopez, a third-grader at Wherry Elementary School, jumps with 1984 Olympian Sharrieffa Barksdale in one of the stations at the USA Track & Field RunJumpThrow experience Friday morning. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

Desire Lopez, a third-grader at Wherry Elementary School, jumps with 1984 Olympian Sharrieffa Barksdale in one of the stations at the USA Track & Field RunJumpThrow experience Friday morning. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

Professional athletes met with the kids for the RunJumpThrow program, designed to teach basic track and field skills.

The event also promotes the opening of the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, which continues today and Sunday at Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second NW.

For a schedule, start lists, tickets and other information, go to usatf.org/events. You can also follow on Twitter, with #USATF, on Instragram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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