Olympians strut their stuff at Summer Games

Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil
London Police Chief Glenn Nicol carries the Special Olympics torch into Cowling Park June 22 through a tunnel of well wishers and Madison County Special Olympics athletes. Nicol started his run at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy; the southwest Ohio law enforcement torch relay started in Cincinnati. The torch’s final destination was Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.

(Posted July 3, 2018)

Madison County Special Olympics sent 65 athletes and coaches to the 49th Annual Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games, held June 22-24 on The Ohio State University campus.

The athletes are affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. They competed and socialized with hundreds of athletes from around the state.

Local athletes’ results were as follows:


Hayden Thomas–50-meter run, second place; softball throw, first;

John Knapp–100-meter run, second; 1,500-meter run, second;

Dominique Gonzalez–softball throw, third; 100-meter walk, third;

Conner Warnock–running long jump, first; 1,500-meter run, second;

Titus Smith–50-meter run, first; running long jump, second;

Marlyn Zeeck–100-meter walk, first; softball throw, second;

Nick Dummitt–100-meter run, fourth; shot put, second;

Laura Cotton–softball throw, third; 100-meter walk, second;

Rebecca Bell–softball throw, fourth; 25-meter walk, second;

Shawn Engle–100-meter walk, first; shot put, third;

Chad Burks–running long jump, second; 100-meter run, third;

Logan Green–100-meter run, third; softball throw, first;

Brian Farris–100-meter walk, fifth; softball throw, third;

Keith Farris–100-meter walk, third; softball throw, second; and

Sam Elliott–100-meter walk, fourth; softball throw, fourth.

Caternia Pierce served as head coach for the track athletes. Wesley Pierce, Stan Oliver, Angela Thomas and Judy Coy were the assistant coaches.

Madison County’s Special Olympics athletes, the Tigers, pose for a picture before they head to the Ohio State University campus for the Summer Games.


Jeff Horn and Mike Williams, second;

Brian Goff and Debbilyn Ewald, third;

Lupita Arriaga and Isaiah Mullet, fourth.

Butch Scott and Cathy Goff coached the bocce athletes.

Power Lifting

Bobby Higgins–bench press, second; deadlift, first; combination, first;

Shaundra Sayre–bench press, third; deadlift, second; combination, first;

Jacob Kuhn–bench press, seventh; deadlift, sixth; combination, fourth;

Scratches–Kody Price

Jason Shingler was the power lifting coach.


Traditional team–John Zeeck, Courtney Salters, Bryan Thompson, Mike Elfrink, Mike Long, Nick Kidd and Mike Ellis, first;

Unified team–Chris Zeeck, Nick Brown, John Horace, Samahra Horace, Waymond Harris, Jacey Hamilton, Jayda Cunningham, Chelsey Williams, Marley Long and Cora Burks, second;

Scratches–Jamie Todd and Logan Todd.

Lincoln Comer and Danielle Salters were the volleyball coaches.


Virginia Smalley–first;

Jeff McCarty–third;

Charlie Gildow–third;

Kelly Kirts; third.

Bobbi McCarty, Harold Stockman, Roberta Kirts and Linda Gildow served as volunteers for the bowling athletes.

To learn more about the Madison County Special Olympics program, contact Lincoln Comer at (740) 852-7052.

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