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Two young at heart athletes-Roger Vergin and Carol Bichon Jackson-came not just to compete but to win events at the 2009 West Sound Senior Games in Bremerton (WA).
Vergin (competing in the 70-74 age group) won gold medals in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, 50-meter dash, 100, 200 and 400. His 27-09 (27-feet-9-inches) in the Triple Jump was the best leap of the day among all competitors in all age-groups, and every one of his events were contested.
Carol Bichon Jackson (60-64) took home 5 gold medals for the Discus, Shot Put, 50, 100 and 200, and was runner-up in the 400.
Bob Sheedy (65-69) was the only athlete of the day to make a clean sweep of all 5 field events, winning gold in the Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump. His 4-07 High Jump leap was the best mark of the day. He was also contested in all 5 events.
John Lax (50-54) won the most gold-8 medals in the Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, 50, 100, 200, 800 and 1,500-but only 3 of his 8 victories were contested.
Ruggles Larson (75-79) deserved an Iron Man Award after winning the Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump and Triple Jump, being runner-up in the 50 and 100, and finishing3rd High Jump and 200. He was contested in 6 of his 8 events.
Among the other top event performances of the day for the men included Christopher Penoyar (55-59) in the Shot Put (43-07) and Discus (106-07), Rick Tomlinson (50-54) in the Long Jump (13-09), Steven Joyner (55-59) in the 50 (6.9) and 100 (12.4), Michael LaPointe (55-59) in the 200 (29.2), and Daryl Schruhl (55-59) in the 400 (70.2), 800 (2:48) and 1,500 (5:54.2).
For Schruhl, it was a clean distance sweep in the 400, 800 and 1,500, and all victories were top performances of the day.
Among the other top event performances of the day for the women included Jennifer Hogan (50-54) in the Discus (65.11) and Shot Put (27-09.5), Susan Hesselgrave (50-54) in the 800 (3:38.5) and 1,500 (7:37.3), Fran Melzer (70-74) in the Long Jump (9-04), and Debbie Dohrmann (55-59) in the 100 (17.7).
Melzer also won the Discus and Shot Put, and was contested in all events. Dohrmann won gold in the Discus, Shot Put and 50, but was uncontested in all 4 events.
One of the more contested events of the day was the 800 which Hesselgrave took in 3:38.5. Carol Mus was runner-up to Hesselgrave in 3:38.7, a scant two-tenths of a second-that is a close finish in the 800.
Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley
Read my articles on track and field, cross-country and distance running, including:
“Henry James Led All Performers at the 2009 Washington State Senior Games’ Track Meet”
“Karen Steen Shatters World Steeplechase Record at the 2009 National Masters Meet”
“Current USA High School Boys and Girls Track & Field Records Through July 2009 – Parts 1 and 2”
“Best 2009 USA High School Track & Field Performances Feature 10 New Records – Parts 1 and 2”
“Michael Kiley Most Impressive Performer at New York Prep Track Championships”
“Parkview Boys and Wesleyan Girls Crush Competition for Georgia State Track Championships”
“Mead Boys and Bellarmine Girls Win Washington State Track Titles”
“Are California’s Prep Athletes the Best in the Nation? Well, Yes, Absolutely”
“2009 Simplot Games Showcase the Nation’s Top High School Track and Field Talent”
“National Indoor Middle Distance USA High School Track Records – What It Takes to Be the Best”