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|Paynesville Press - June 27, 2001|
Athletes compete at state olympics
The State Special Olympics Summer Games were held June 21-23 at the University of Minnesota campus. Hundreds of athletes from all over the state competed. The weather was absolutely perfect, which helped in keeping all events right on schedule.|
The following Paynesville athletes were involved in the track and field competition: Michael Naujokas, Chris Sturtz, Mike Sturtz, Josh Sturtz, and Crystal Rudy.
The athletes earned the following awards in the field competition. For the running long jump, Naujokas earned a fifth place ribbon, Mike Sturtz earned a bronze medal for third, and Chris Sturtz earned a silver medal for second place. Josh Sturtz earned a gold medal for first place in the standing long jump. Rudy also competed in the standing long jump and earned a silver medal for second place.
In the track competition, Rudy earned fifth place in the 100-meter run, a fourth-place ribbon went to Chris Sturtz for the 200-meter run, and a first-place gold medal went to Josh Sturtz for the 400-meter run. Mike Sturtz competed in the 400-meter run and Naujokas competed in the 200-meter run. Both earned first place gold medals, as did the four-member relay team made up of Rudy, Chris Sturtz, Mike Sturtz, and Josh Sturtz.
The athletes attended a banquet and dance on Saturday evening, which was also held at the University of Minnesota.
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