OLDlympics: Track and Field

Hemet High’s Von Driska Field hosts senior citizen athletic events

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
Seniors took to Hemet High School’s track to get their cardio up and race to the finish at the Oldlympics track and field events.

■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

Just because an athlete retires doesn’t mean they’ve lost their gusto, it just means life needs their talent elsewhere. But every now and again, the field calls you back.
Approximately 90 senior citizens took to Von Driska Field at Hemet High School last Saturday for the track and field portion of the 33rd annual Valley-Wide Oldlympic Games. The morning air was a little brisk, but it didn’t stop these folks from showing what gumption they have left.
The event was headed up by Oldlympics Chairperson Keri Price: “It’s part of our community outreach. Not only do we do things for youth and adults, but we also do something for the seniors – for them to get out here and stay active and have fun.”

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
While participants weren’t slam dunking any balls, they sure made their share of hoops during the basketball competition.

In addition to walking and running events around the track, participants also took the chance to see how far they could throw a pigskin on the field and possibly sink some three-pointers outside the field.
Even though turnout for this event was relatively small, Price says the variety of events in this year’s games has definitely renewed interest in the Oldlympics: “We did add blackjack this year, and we had a really good turnout. A lot of people like that, so we’ll probably keep that in for (next year).”
Participants in each event ran as a group, but were broken down into age groups. Please see the table for results. Due to space constraints, only those who won gold medals are listed. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Still remaining on the rundown are Texas Hold’em (Friday, Sept. 29); 18-hole golf (Saturday, Sept. 30); Scrabble (Sept. 30); tennis (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1); cribbage (Sunday, Oct. 1); and the fun-tathlon (Monday, Oct. 2). Call 951-927-6673 for additional information.

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