Senior Olympics: Los Alamos Games kicking into high gear

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos Senior Olympics are in full swing already and several more events get going this weekend.

Today, the basketball free throw and 3-point competition will be held at the YMCA at 2 p.m., while the recreational events of Frisbee throw for distance, softball throw and soccer kick will follow at East Park. Saturday will feature the track and field events, starting at 8 a.m. at Sullivan Field with competition to include running events, racewalking and field events of javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, and running long jump.

Events kicked off with badminton singles held at the Family YMCA May 15. Ann ReVelle and John Warren qualified for the New Mexico Senior Olympics State Games to be held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The State Games will be held July 30-Aug. 3.

Table tennis saw eight athletes vying for spots on the 2008 State Games team. Qualifiers included ReVelle and Joyce Blanco in women’s singles and doubles. Men’s singles qualifiers were Abel Castillo, Cy Jakubowski, Jon Redman, Ed Stein, Richard Thompson and Warren. Warren and Redman will team up for men’s doubles. This year there are also two mixed doubles teams: ReVelle/Redman and Blanco/Warren.

May 18, the cycling races were held under windy conditions.

The 40 K race course started at the Wellness Center on West Jemez Road, turned around at mile marker 58 near the bottom of Ancho Canyon and ended back at the Wellness Center.

It was a great finish with Frank Pabian clocking in at 1:32:59, Thompson right behind at 1:34:25 and Pat Nelson posting a 1:35:03.

All the cyclists qualified for the State Games. All 3 will compete in the 5 K and 40 K. Pabian is entering all cycling events: 1 mile sprint, 5K, 10K, 20K and 40K. Nelson will join him in the 20K race. Mary Billen also qualified and will represent the women in the 2oK, 10K and 5K. She posted a time of 1:11:05 for the 20K.

The swimming event boasts many local pool celebrities. Jackie Marr, Dan Miles, Bill Hudson and newcomer Bob McClenahan all qualified for state.

Also, six bowlers qualified for the State Games.

In singles the women will be represented by ReVelle, Helen Cruz and Patricia Jakubowski. In the women’s 60-64 age bracket Jakubowski took first place with a 333 score over ReVelle’s 318.

In the men’s division Cy Jakubowski placed first in the 60-64 age bracket with a three-game total of 528, which bested Ted Williams’ second place finish of 435.

Joe Cruz qualified in the 65-69 age bracket. Cy Jakubowski had the men’s top score of 185. Cruz bowled a personal best of 192 for the high game in singles.

Cy Jakubowski and Joe Cruz team up for doubles, and the mixed doubles teams of Jakubowski/Jakubowski and Cruz/Cruz will represent Los Alamos at the State Games.

The air gun competition was held May 20 and May 27 at the Naval Junior ROTC classroom.

ReVelle posted a score of 318/400 in rifle in the supported position for first place honors. Nancy Bearss was second.

In the men’s competition, Don Dudziak qualified in both standing and supported rifle and pistol.

Inez Ross again qualified for the State Games in Talent: Solo Reading with a 4-minute performance at the Betty Ehart Senior Center May 22. She recited, “A Walk on the Trail in 1856” which is excerpted from Marion Sloan Russell’s book “Land of Enchantment.”

Yet to come are horseshoes and washers at the White Rock Senior Center June 5, 8-Ball Pool June 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the 5K and 10K roadrace June 7 and the completion of shuffleboard on May 31.