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|Paynesville Press - June 20, 2001|
Special Olympic athletes do well at area meet
The Area 7 Athletics Meet for Special Olympics was held on Monday, May 10, at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. Paynesville Area Schools participated in the track and field competition. Ten athletes from the Paynesville Area Elementary, Middle, and High School competed against athletes from other facilities in the surrounding area.|
The Special Olympics team from Paynesville included: (front, left to right) Missy Everson, Josh Sturtz, Crystal Rudy, and Michael Powers; (middle) Chris Sturtz, Dallas Richardson; (back) Dustin Rudy, Michael Naujokas, Erica Wander, Mike Sturtz, and Matt Bayer.
Local athletes included: Matt Bayer, Melissa Everson, Michael Powers, Michael Naujokas, Crystal Rudy, Dustin Rudy, Christopher Sturtz, Josh Sturtz, Michael Sturtz, and Erica Wander.
Athletes were divisioned according to skill level and competed in individual track and field events. Paynesville athletes also participated in the relay competition.
Standing long jump:
Running long jump:
Paynesville had two teams compete in the 4x100 relay event. Team 1 took first place in their divison. The athletes were Matt Bayer, Michael Naujokas, Dustin Rudy, and Erica Wander. Team 2 placed second in their division. Athletes on Team 2 were Crystal Rudy, Chris Sturtz, Josh Sturtz, and Mike Sturtz.
The Paynesville athletes did a tremendous job of representing our schools. Several of the local athletes are now eligible to attend the State Special Olympics Summer Games held at the University of Minnesota in June.
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