Athletes place at Special Olympics spring games
OSKALOOSA — Several area athletes advanced to the Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games with first-place finishes at the spring games held Saturday at William Penn University in Oskaloosa.
Adults who qualified to state in two events were Joe Blain, who finished first in both the 50-meter dash and mini jav; Jessica Clements in the 50-meter walk and softball throw; Sarah Coleman in the standing long jump and mini jav; Shannon Hinkle in the 50-meter walk and softball throw; as well as James Morrissey, who qualified in the running long jump and mini jav.
Macayla Coffin qualified in the 100-meter dash and finished fourth in the softball throw. Mark Miller was first in the 100-meter walk and second in the mini jav, while Dale Noe finished first in the softball throw and fourth in the 50-meter dash. Kim Van Rees was first in the 50-meter walk plus second in the mini jav, and Ashley Workman claimed first place in the mini jav and second in the 50-meter dash.
Sheila Lord finished first in the 50-meter walk, Jim Messer claimed a blue ribbon in the softball throw to qualify for state, Darin Roth won the softball throw and Ronnie Withrow took first place in the shot put.
Also on Team Fairfield, second-place finishes were earned by Shelly Hinkle in the softball throw as well as Nicole Cotner in both the 50-meter walk and mini jav.
Fairfield High School student Ross Robinson also qualified to the state summer games in the 100-meter dash, and he placed second in the softball throw.
Andrew Peiffer represented Fairfield Middle School well with first-place finishes in the long jump and 100-meter dash, and schoolmate Daniel Ferrell earned first place in the 50-meter dash and was runner-up in the 100-dash. Wesley Polson, another FMS student, finished first in the long jump and fourth in the 50-meter dash, while Nathan Mathis was fourth in the 50- and 100-meter dashes.
State qualifiers from Pence Elementary were Tate Jordan, who won the 100-meter walk; plus Justin Cross, who claimed first place in the running long jump and second place in the 50-meter dash.
Coaches and volunteers who helped the local adult athletes were Brian Simmons, Lorraine Hill, Kayla Stanley, Deb Jaquez, Jazzy Hotek and Kerri Erue. Pence students were coached by Janet Morris, Billy Mathis coached the FMS students and Rhonda Robinson coached the FHS student.
The summer games will be held May 23-25 in Ames.