Busy Day at Nationals – Vermont Medal Count Rises

As I write this the National Games website shows the Vermont medal count at 4 but I count seven after noting that Flo Meiler has crushed the opening day of track and field with four medals in the Women’s 80-84 division. The detailed results show that she won gold in the high jump at 0.95 meters, gold in the pole vault at 1.70 meters, silver in the long jump at 2.29 meters and silver in the hammer throw at 20.03 meters. She also had the second fastest qualifying time on the track for tomorrow’s 50 meter dash final. Dudley Bell was also active on the track in the men’s 85-89 division with fourth place finishes in the long jump (1.27 meters) and hammer throw (9.33 meters) and the twelfth fastest time in the 50 meter dash prelims in 13.69.

Back at the pool I see that Margaret Nickerson finished her impressive showing at these games with two fifth place finishes in in the Women’s 80-84 division. She swam the 50 yard backstroke in 1:00.88 in what was a very tight race for the top spots, and completed the 100 yard freestyle race in 2:01.26.

On the tennis courts I see that Eugene and Valentina Demidenko have won their first two rounds in the 65-69 mixed doubles division. They defeated the team of Akla Keomaka and Lynn Steinbrook of Hawaii in round one 4-2, 4-3. In round two they defeated the team of Emogene Vaughn and Anthony Yarn of Virginia in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. They are back in action tomorrow at 3:30 PM CT.

This just in since I started this post: Stephen Hennessey and Dennis Bergeron of  Essex Junction have won their first round match in men’s doubles racquetball 65-69 division over Charles Bradley and Charles Darling of Tennessee 11-4, 8-11, 11-5. As I finish this report it appears they are engaged in their second round match.

The schedule indicated a cycling 5 km time trial today but as of this writing I cannot find the results yet. Andre Sturm and Brian Conchieri were competing.

Time to post. I’m packing my bags and heading to Birmingham.