Stu­dents com­pete in Special Olympics in­vi­ta­tional

Times-Record - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

WYE MILLS — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege hosted the Special Olympics Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Uni­fied Sports Strength and Con­di­tion­ing State In­vi­ta­tional Feb. 6 in the gym­na­sium at the school for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Some 215 ath­letes from 15 schools par­tic­i­pated in the day-long state com­pe­ti­tion be­gan af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­monies kicked off shortly af­ter 10 a.m. and con­cluded about 4 that af­ter­noon.

High schools send­ing teams this year were: from Calvert County, Hunt­ing­town and North­ern; from Car­o­line, Colonel Richard­son and North Car­o­line, which fielded two teams; from Dorch­ester, Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester and North Dorch­ester; from Kent, Kent County High; from Queen Anne’s, Kent Is­land and Queen Anne’s County; from Som­er­set, Washington; from Tal­bot, Eas­ton High, which fielded two teams; and from Wi­comico, Mardela, Wi­comico, James M. Ben­nett, and Park­side, field­ing three teams. Teams were sorted into three di­vi­sions. Points were awarded for first, sec­ond and third place fin­ishes. Points were to­taled to de­ter­mine the fi­nal stand­ings in each di­vi­sion.

Uni­fied Sports Strength and Con­di­tion­ing ath­letes com­pete in nine events: stand­ing long jump, shut­tle run, dead lift, beach press, in­door cy­cling, flexed arm hang, race walk re­lay, jump rope and the gru­el­ing PT Se­ries. The PT Se­ries leads off with 10 burpees, then 20 quick squats, and fi­nally 30 sit-ups be­fore ath­letes sprint back to cross the fin­ish line.

Uni­fied Sports teams are com­posed of a pro­por­tional num­ber of stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties and with­out dis­abil­i­ties who train and com­pete to­gether on the same team. A team en­ters a pair of com­peti­tors into each event to com­pete against another team’s part­ners.

North Car­o­line High School had two teams that com­peted. Team 1 com­peted in Di­vi­sion 2 against seven other teams; all the teams in Di­vi­sion 2 had the same num­ber of num­ber of mem­bers and com­peted in nine events. North Car­o­line’s Team 1 took the gold medal. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s team took the sil­ver medal. North Dorch­ester’s team fin­ished fifth, and Eas­ton High School’s Team 2 fin­ished sixth.

Kent Is­land High School, Queen Anne’s County High School and Eas­ton High School’s Team 1 were among six teams com­pet­ing in Di­vi­sion 3, which had more stu­dents who took part in 10 to 14 events. In cases where teams with smaller ros­ters com­peted against teams with larger ros­ters, in­di­vid­ual scores were mul­ti­plied by a weighted num­ber to off­set any ad­van­tage gained by hav­ing a larger team. Queen Anne’s team won the gold medal in di­vi­sion 3; Kent Is­land brought home the sil­ver. Eas­ton High’s Team 1 fin­ished sixth.

North Car­o­line’s Team 2 com­peted with four other teams in Di­vi­sion 1, which had fewer com­peti­tors in fewer events. North Car­o­line’s Team 2 fin­ished fourth; Colonel Richard­son High School’s team fin­ished fifth. Kent County High’s team, in third place, took the bronze medal.

Mem­bers of the North Car­o­line High School Uni­fied Sports Team 1 wear their gold medals fol­low­ing the day­long com­pe­ti­tions held at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Tues­day, Feb. 6. From left: Eli Brad­ford, Coach Robert Blakely, Todd Pul­leyn, Brendin Gestole, Abby...

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Colonel Richard­son High School Uni­fied Sports team­mates Tyler Smith, left, and Zach­ery Elzey carry the sym­bolic Olympic torch, Tues­day morn­ing, Feb. 6, dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies in the gym­na­sium at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. Zach­ery ges­tured with “thumbs...

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