Catching up on NSG Action

Pam Sills was the top Vermont finisher in the National Senior Games triathlon competition held Saturday at Cochiti Lake, New Mexico finishing fourth in the W60 division with a time of 1:32:50. Mary Clifton also nabbed a podium spot in the same division with her eighth place finish in 1:35:22. Barbara Burroughs finished twelfth in that division with a time of 1:39:09. In the W65 division Deb Fennell was eleventh in 2:05:11. Woodie Clifton also nabbed a podium spot with his seventh place finish in the M65 division in 1:43:14.

In the 10 km road race held Sunday morning in Albuquerque, Jim Flint was the top Vermont finisher in 44:20 to garner the seventh place ribbon in the M60 division. Elizabeth McCarthy also earned a seventh place ribbon with her time of 59:34 in the W65 division. Other Vermont finishers were Tim Hogeboom, thirteenth in the M65 division in 51:29; Wayne Reisberg, ninth in the M50 division in 52:24; and Ed Dinnany, thirteenth in the M70 division in 56:33.

Runners, including Jim Flint (704) head out on the 10 km road race course. More photos are available on the Vermont Senior Games Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VermontSeniorGames/ .

It took me a while to figure out the racquetball results, but there were Vermonters in action there. Dennis Bergeron and Stephen Hennessey teamed up in M65 doubles and played individually in the M65 singles competition. In doubles they went 1-2 in pool play, losing their first two matches 15-6,15-6 and 15-4, 15-3 and then winning their third 15-11,12-15,11-8. That was good for third in their pool but not good enough to make the medal playoffs. Bergeron bowed out in singles as well, 15-1, 15-1 and 15-9, 15-7. Hennessey suffered a similar fate losing 15-0,15-5 and 8-15,15-7, 11-4. Dudley Bell teamed with Ralph Caruto of New Jersey to lose their match in the M85 doubles field 15-9, 15-13 but in a two team field it was good enough for silver. Bell also finished fifth in a five man M85 singles tournament, losing matches by scores of 15-0,15-1; 15-4,15-3; and 15-14, 15-7. He also lost on match by forfeit – probably because he was trying to fit in some track events at the same time. In the M90 singles field, Harvey Ottinger lost a hard fought opener, 15-10,7-15,11-10 and then had to forfeit his two remaining matches to end up fourth in that field.

I have also been struggling all week to get pickleball results. They are now online so I am able to report on the Vermont results from earlier in the week. Todd Keller was definitely a busy guy on those courts. Last Sunday in the M55 doubles tournament he teamed with Thomas Lucas to lose their first match 11-7, come back with one win in the losers bracket 15-1 and then bowed out with a 15-10 loss. In Monday’s 55-59 mixed doubles tournament Keller teamed with Kathryn Smith-Hetterich and they lasted two rounds losing 11-6,11-1 and then 15-1. And finally in Wednesday’s M55 singles tournament he managed to win two games in the losers bracket after an initial 12-10,11-7 loss before another close loss ended his tournament. Todd’s partner in men’s doubles Thomas Lucas also teamed with Tracey Crockett of Virginia to take on the 55-59 mixed doubles tournament  and they met a similar fate losing twice by 11-6,11-5 and 15-8 scores.

The golf results from earlier in the week are also online now. Tim Hogeboom warmed up for his road races by shooting a three day score of 295 and placed 49th In the M65 field. Elizabeth McCarthy had her best day on the final day and ended up shooting 346 for 33rd in the W65 field.

It looks like there is one Vermont tennis team still in action in Albuquerque. Elizabeth Bradford and Kathy Schellong have won matches by scores of 8-5 and 8-6 and were 2-0 in pool play. They have won their first playoff match 8-3 and play again tomorrow. After going 2-0 in W60 doubles pool play, Susan Madrigan and Joan Weir lost a tight match 9-7 in round one of the playoffs to end their tournament. In the W65 doubles tournament Arlene Silva and Kathy Yost ended up in the consolation bracket after going 2-1 in pool play and lost their first match there 8-4. Madrigan and Yost also played W60 and W65 singles, respectively. Both made it into the playoff bracket and both lost in the first round of the playoffs. Madrigan had another heartbreaker, losing 9-8 in a tiebreaker. Yost playoff match was not so close as she lost 8-0.

by Matt Guild