The National Special Olympic Track and Field competition was held June 17-18 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Sixteen Abilities Plus athletes qualified for the state competition, and competition results include; Gold medal winners Isaac Hernandez in the 800m race, Morgan Thorp in the 400m walk, Erin Trostle in the tennis ball throw, Steven Verstraete in the softball throw and Andrew Yarger in the throw of tennis ball. Silver medals went to Alexis Bral in the softball throw, Sara Carmichael in the tennis ball throw, Cindy Hansen in the 100m walk and Kelly Mulcahy, Abby Thorp, Morgan Thorp and Cindy Hansen in the 4x100m walk relay . Chuck Nelson received a bronze medal in the 400 Mr. Walk. Alexis Bral received 4th place ribbons in the 100 Mr. Run, Isaac Hernandez in the 400 Mr. Run, Derek Neal in the Mini Javelin and Amanda Trowbridge in the Softball Throw. A 5th place ribbon was received by Rick Palmer in the softball pitch and Erick Sierra received a 7th in the 800m. Run.
The coaches were Tammy and Terry Hand, assisted by Chris Lindsey, Jeff and Laura Heinrich, Lorraine Verstraete and Anna Carmichael, and staff members Eve Neirynck and Jackie Houser. Many family members also helped out, contributing to this year’s success.