Marquette County Special Olympics athletes win 20 medals at Central

MARQUETTE – A group of seven Marquette County athletes displayed their talent in the Michigan Special Olympics State Summer Games held in Mount Pleasant May 30-June 1.

The competition was conducted on the campus of Central Michigan University. It featured more than 2,600 athletes from around the state.

The Marquette County athletes won a total of 20 medals during the Games.

Adam White and Jaesen Peterson competed in Power Lifting.

Despite being first-time competitors in the event, White won three gold medals (squat, deadlift and total combined) and a silver medal (bench press); Peterson pocketed three silver medals (squat, deadlift, total combined) and a bronze (bench press) in their weight classes.

The power lifters were coached by Doug Hendrickson.

In track and field, where the athletes were limited to three events, Jamie Peterson swept all three of her events, taking home three gold medals and posting the longest distance (measurement unavailable) in the female standing long jump competition.

Marcus Richards earned two gold medals, winning the 50 and 100-meter dashes. He finished second by one centimeter in the long jump, giving him a silver medal.

Paula Vincent took home a silver and a bronze medal. She edged out of a third medal in a photo- finish in the 100 dash.

Andrea Kass collected a gold and a silver medal in her two walking events, while Kevin Sanderson raced to silver medals in the 50 and 100 dashes.

The track and field athletes were coached by Brian Sarvello.

The county team’s participation in the Games was coordinated by Special Olympics Regional Director Marie Martin, assisted by parent volunteers Janet Hendrickson, Lori Kass, Theresa Vincent and Steve Richards.