The athletes competed in track and field events at the Special Olympics Connecticut-Eastern Regional Games hosted by the University of Hartford & Hartford Public High School May 12.
They won first- through fifth-place awards. The head track and field coach is Heather Ann Lodini of Cromwell.
How did the GMSO athletes like the Special Olympics CT-Eastern Regional Games? GMSO Athletes Melissa Carta of Cromwell and Indiana McCormick of Middlefield exclaimed, "It was fun!" and they are looking forward to competing again next month at the Special Olympics CT State Summer Games at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven June 8-10.
The following are incomplete results:
Cromwell: Melissa Carta: Shot Put-1st Place; 200 M Run-1st Place; 400 M Run-2nd Place. Scott Knee of Cromwell: 400 M Walk- 1st Place. Kevin Henneberry: Softball Throw-5th Place. Ralph Lill: 100 M Walk-3rd Place. Softball Throw-3rd Place. Kevin Moy: 200 M Run-3rd Place. Andy Ryan: Softball Throw-2nd Place. Anthony Tirozzi: Softball Throw-2nd Place.
Durham: Chris Naples: 200 M Walk-4th Place. 100 M Walk-4th Place; Softball Throw-2nd Place. Richard Steele: Softball Throw-2nd Place.
Middlefield: David Crovo of Middlefield: Mini Jav-1st Place; Shot Put-2nd Place; Standing Long Jump-4th Place.
Indiana McCormick of Middlefield: Shot Put-1st Place. 400 M Run-1st Place. 200 M Run 5th Place.
Middletown: James Brown of Middletown: 800 M Run-4th Place. 1500 M Run-2nd Place. 4x400M Unified Relay with Athlete Tiffany Jones, Special Partners Kim Mohs & Joe DiMucccio-2nd Place. Unified Sports is when athletes with and without intellectual disabilities compete on the same team.
Ed Hill of Middletown: 50 M Dash-2nd Place. Mini Jav-4th Place.
Tiffany Jones of Middletown: 400 Meter Run-1st Place; Shot Put-2nd Place; 4x400 M Unified Relate with Athlete James Brown, Special Partners Kim Mohs & Joe DiMuccio-2nd Place.
Anna Kozinski of Middletown: Mini Javelin-2nd Place, 50 M Dash-3rd Place; 100 M Run-5th Place.
Scott Maloney of Middletown: Softball Throw-1st Place
Tim Mohr-100 M Run-5th Place. 200 M Run-2nd Place. Shot Put-4th Place.
Katherine Thayer: Softball Throw-4th Place.
Scott Thayer: Shot Put-1st Place; Mini Jav-2nd Place; 1500 M Walk-2nd Place.
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The Greater Middletown Special Olympics serves athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and above in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports who reside in Cromwell, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Middlefield, Middletown and Portland. Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
According to the Special Olympics CT website, "The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community." For information, call Special Olympics Connecticut at 1-800-443-6105 or visit www.soct.org.