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Olympians earn 22 medals
By LISA BRITTON
Baker City Herald
Twelve athletes from Baker County brought home 22 medal from the state Special Olympics track meet held June 27-29 in Hillsboro.
The competition drew 1,500 athletes, and 300 coaches and volunteers.
Each athlete could compete in up to three events. Here are the results:
Sarah Cosgrove: shotput, silver; 4x1 relay, silver; 50M walk, silver
Sheri Koeff: softball throw, gold
Lizzy Schaeffer: softball throw, gold; 100M dash, fifth place; 4x1 relay, gold
Molly Hirsch: 50M dash, silver
Kristi Laney: running long jump, gold; 50M dash, fourth place; 4x1 relay, gold
Jamie McClaughry: shotput, fifth place; 400M dash, bronze; 4x1 relay, silver
Shelby Foster: 200M dash, silver; running long jump, bronze; 4x1 relay, gold
Kemalee Anderson: 50M walk, silver; shotput, fourth place
Victor Tucker: shotput, eighth place
Rachelle McClaughry: 50M walk, seventh place; softball throw, gold; 4x1 relay, silver
Allen McDaniel: 50M walk, gold; standing long jump, silver, 4x1 relay, silver
Denise Clark: 50M walk, fifth place; softball throw, bronze; 4x1 relay, gold
The head coach for track and field is Bonnie Kemry and assistant coach is Deb Stuck.
Volunteers are Gene Stuck, Patty Mossman, Julie Fuzi and Melanie Brown.
Currently the Baker County Special Olympics program includes these sports: skiing, bocce ball, track, bowling and swimming if enough athletes sign up.
The next sport is bowling, which begins in September.
Organizers hope to expand the program to also include softball and basketball. More coaches, volunteers and athletes are welcome.
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient, or a closely related developmental disability, such as functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics, and no maximum age limit. Baker County's athletes range in age from 13 to 68.
Funded by donations
The local chapter is funded by donations, which help pay for equipment, uniforms and travel to competition.
On Thursday, Aug. 7, Special Olympics Oregon will hold "Dine Out for Greatness" when restaurants donate a portion of that day's proceeds to the program.
In Baker City, the Geiser Grand Hotel is the participating restaurant (1996 Main St.), from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Of sales made that day, 20 percent will be donated to the local Baker County chapter, and 5 percent will go to the state organization.
For more information about Special Olympics, or to learn how to get involved, call Deb Stuck at 403-1080.