Four area athletes traveled to Warner Robins, Ga., to compete in the Georgia Golden Olympics on September 19-22.This was one of the final open qualifying meets for next year’s National Senior Games, which will be held in early August in Cleveland, Ohio.
These athletes had already qualified in some events at the S.C. Senior Games held in Florence last May but were trying to either improve their times/distances or add events that they’d missed because of scheduling conflicts in May.
Jack Sayers placed 1st in the M70 high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 4 inches. He won the triple jump with 25 feet, 5 inches, and the long jump with ll feet 5 inches.
Leonard Chapman (a member of Sayers’basketball team), won the M65 triple jump and 200m, was second in the high jump, shot put, 50m and 100m and placed third in the long jump.
Dean Godwin improved his qualifying times in all his M70 track events, placing second in the 400m in 1:27.He was first in the 800m in 3:20 and in the 1,500m in 6:48.He also qualified in the 5K road race with a time of 27:02.
Ann Carter added the W70 50m dash to the eight events in which she had already qualified, by placing first in 9.31 seconds.
The National Senior Games is held every two years, and all athletes must have qualified by placing in the top three in an event held in their home state or in another state that allows out-of-state competitors to participate.