Saturday Highlights from National Games

With results in today for Friday’s 40 km cycling race, Brian Conchieri has picked up Vermont’s first medal in cycling for these games as he finished 3rd in the men’s 60-64 division in the race held at Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Alabama. Conchieri’s time of 1:12:37.815 was just a few seconds faster than Andre Sturm who finished in 1:12:52.260 and was 22 of 31 in the men’s 55-59 division.

At the track today, Flo Meiler has picked up her seventh medal of these games with a bronze in the 100 meter dash which she ran in 19.82 (See video below). Matt Guild ran the men’s 50 -54 800 meter race in 2:10.90 to finish second and pick up some hardware too. That’s me, so for obvious reasons there are no race photos. I did get someone to snap a picture of the medal stand. As of this writing results are still pending for the 80+ javelin competitions. There might be another medal to report there tomorrow.

Flo Meiler's bronze medal run in the 100 meters

At the 10 km road race this morning the Vermont trio of Jim Flint, Peter Mitchell and Elizabeth McCarthy all got on the podium with sixth place finishes. Flint ran 42:44 in the men’s 55-59 division; Mitchell finished in 57:41 in the men’s 75-79 division; and McCarthy running in the women’s 65-69 division got to the finish line in 1:01:59.

Jim Flint runs in the 10 km road race at NSG in Brimingham, Alabama
Jim Flint runs in the 10 km road race at NSG in Brimingham, Alabama

At the Celebration of Athletes last night I learned that I had overlooked a near medal in tennis mixed doubles for Eugene and Valentina Demidenko who were competing the the 65-69 division. After losing in the semifinals to the eventual silver medal winner they lost a marathon match in the bronze medal game by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 12-10. Also on the tennis courts, Michelle Immler of Brattleboro has breezed through the quarterfinals and semis  in the women’s 65-69 singles with two straight set wins and is going for gold on Sunday. Heidi Willoughby won her quarterfinal match today 6-4, 6-1 and will play in the women’s 50-54 semifinals tomorrow. The women’s 60-64 doubles team of Karen Didricksen and Rebecca Foulk was late to the Celebration of Athletes last night because they were busy winning their opening round match 6-2, 7-6. Didricksen pulled double duty as she also won an opening round singles  match yesterday. Unfortunately they bowed out of both tournaments today.

When I got back from the track I stopped by to check out the table tennis action in the Convention Center. Unfortunately I was too late to see the matches for Stephen Shin and John Bolton but I did get to see Bernard Lambek win the only pool play match of the day for Vermont. None were able to make it out of pool play, but Lambek and Bolton will be back in action in doubles tomorrow.

Medal stand for the M50 800 meter competition at NSG. Matt Guild won silver.
Medal stand for the M50 800 meter competition at NSG. Matt Guild won silver.