CIRCLEVILLE — Keeping on the right track.
Each year, the Madison County Special Olympics Track and Field squad works toward two goals — having fun and improving their skills so they are at their peak at the State Games at Ohio State University in June.
The team made strides toward each goal as it earned 22 gold medals in various events at the Pickaway Fun Meet, held recently at Logan Elm High School. The Tigers’ Special Olympics program is affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Leading the way for the Tigers in first place finishes was Noah Meyer with four gold medals — 100-meter run, softball throw, standing long jump and running relay. Joining him on the first-place running relay were Titus Smith, DaLeion Fitzgerald, and Logan Green.
Others who finished first in their events were Shaundra Sayre (400m walk), Marlyn Zeeck (softball throw), Colton Meyer (50m run, softball throw), Shawn Engle (100 walk, 50m run), Nick Dummitt (100m run), Logan Green (standing long jump), David Lambert (softball throw), Conner Warnock (100m run), Chad Burks (softball throw, running long jump), Kay Foster (softball throw) and Laura Cotton (100m walk, 25m walk).
Earning silver medals for second-place finishes were Rebecca Bell (100m walk), Zeeck (400m walk), Foster (25m walk), Debbie Morris (softball throw), Engle (shotput), Warnock (standing long jump), Lambert (100m run), Green (100m run, softball throw), Fitzgerald (50m run), Titus Smith (standing long jump, softball throw), Colton Meyer (100m run, standing long jump), and Dummitt (shotput). Silver medals were also earned by the relay team of Sayre, Dummitt, Burks, and Engle.
The Tigers added a couple bronze medals as Hayden Thomas finished third in three events — 50m run, standing long jump, and softball throw. Other bronzes were earned by Smith (100m run), Cotton (softball throw), Warnock (softball throw), Burks (100m run), Foster (100m walk), and Morris (100m walk).
The following athletes earned ribbons for fourth through sixth place finishes — Fitzgerald (softball throw), Bell (softball throw), and Thomas (100m run).