COLUMBUS — An alphabetic gathering of medals — from A to Zeeck.
Marlyn Zeeck has always had fun at the annual Ohio Special Olympics State Games. This past weekend was no exception.
Zeeck was Madison County’s only double gold medal winner this year as she competed on the Tigers Track and Field Team. Zeeck earned first place in both the softball throw and 100-meter Walk. The State Games were held on the campus of Ohio State University.
In total, the Tigers athletes earned 71 awards — 19 of which were gold medals.
In addition to Zeeck, spotlighting the gold medal recipients were the members of one of Madison County’s Unified Volleyball Teams. Inside OSU’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), the Tigers pounced all over the court with outstanding plays as it captured first place. The Tigers are affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Members of the triumphant squad included Nate Gonzalez, Jamie Todd, Logan Todd, Nick Brown, Kendra Fox, Chris Fox, Jacey Hamilton, Jessie Thompson, Michaela Williams, Mike Long and Elijah Blair.
Also gathering gold medals in individual events were Hunter Price (100-meter run), Titus Smith (100 run), Rebecca Bell (softball throw), Noah Meyer (100 run), Colton Meyer (softball throw) and Logan Green (softball throw). The majority of the track and field events took place in OSU’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
Both Kody Price and Shaundra Sayre were silver medal combination winners (deadlift and bench press) in powerlifting. Also earning silver medals were Hayden Thomas (100 run), Mike Williams (bowling), John Knapp (100 run), Nick Dummitt (100 run, shot put), Logan Green (100 run), Laura Cotton (softball throw, 100 walk), Shawn Engle (400 walk, shot put) and Chad Burks (running long jump).
Another Tigers Unified Volleyball Team were among the Madison County athletes who won the bronze. Team members included John Zeeck, Chris Zeeck, Courtney Salters, Bryan Thompson, Lincoln Comer, Mike Elfrink, Shawn Stewart, Mia Comer and Alexis Comer.
Other third place finishers included Thomas (softball throw), Knapp (softball throw), Dominique Gonzales (softball throw), David Lambert (shot put), Hunter Price (running long jump), Titus Smith (running long jump), Jeff McCarty (bowling), Bell (100 walk), Burks (100 run) and Debbie Morris (100 walk, softball throw). The 4×100 relay team of Burks, Lambert, Knapp and Dummitt also placed third. The bocce duos of Jeff Horn/Debbie Lee and Leah McCarter/Mindy Morris threw their way to third place finishes.
The Tigers earned a number of fourth through sixth place ribbons as well. Earning the ribbons were Gonzalez (100 walk), Lambert 100m run), Colton Meyer (100 run), Noah Meyer (softball throw) and Charlie Gildow (bowling), as did the bocce duo of Gina Hamilton/Debbilyn Ewald.
The coaches and volunteers for Madison County were Caternia Pierce, Wesley Pierce, Josh Caines, Butch Scott, Angela Thomas, Judy Coy, Shanda Horace, Jessica Rutherford, Jason Shingler, Darryl Brown, Danielle Salters, Melody Williams, Bobbi McCarty, Harold Stockman and Linda Gildow.
The Tigers were just part of close to 2,700 athletes from Ohio who participated in the Special Olympics State Games.
If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics or volunteering, contact MCBDD Director of Special Olympics and Community Recreation Lincoln Comer at 740-852-7052, ext. 1917.