Friday Update from Birmingham

Flo Meiler won her sixth medal of these National Games (and Vermont’s tenth) with a runner-up finish in the women’s 80-84 discus. She threw the platter 16.83 meters to finish second to Madelaine Cazel of Florida who threw an impressive 21.04 meters for gold. I spent most of the day at the track with my camera capturing Flo, Dudley Bell and Peter Mitchell in action (see album below). In addition to the discus medal, Meiler also qualified for tomorrow’s 100 meter final in the second fastest time. Bell finished tenth in the men’s 85-89 discus with a throw if 10.49 meters. Mitchell ran in the men’s 75-79 800 meter qualifying heats and sneaked in as the twelfth qualifier for tomorrow’s final with a time of 3:48.42. He’s also scheduled to run the 10 km road race tomorrow morning. Can he do this tough double?

On my way to the track at Samford University I stopped by their tennis facilities where Heidi Willoughby of Williston was making short work of her first round opponent in the women’s 50-54 tennis singles tournament. Also competing in tennis today was Karen Didricksen of South Strafford who was pulling double duty with a singles match at 12:30 PM and a doubles match with Rebecca Foulk of South Royalton scheduled for 5 PM.

Yesterday’s 20 km cycling results are available online today. I see Brian Conchieri place is going down as the distance goes up as he finished 5th in the men’s 60-64 division. Andre Sturm was 23rd in the men’s 55-59 division. No times were posted.

I didn’t get a chance to take in any basketball today. I did check online for the Vermont Maple’s results and you can find all their scores here.

M75-79 basketball

If I missed anything maybe someone will catch up to me at the Celebration of Athletes tonight and give me an update.