Greene County Special Olympians at the state special olympics competition in Ames. (l. to .r.) Kourtlin Thacker, Kim Stanek, Makayla Murray, Melissa Rice, Rylie Breheny, Cole DeHoet.

Rams compete at State Special Olympics


Several Greene County students joined nearly 3000 other athletes as well as many coaches, parents, and volunteers for the State Special Olympics Track and Field Meet that was held on the Iowa State University Campus on May 22-24. The three day event began with opening ceremonies Thursday night. The team proudly displayed their new banner which was donated by Shine On Designs. The banner complimented the team’s new shirts that were purchased through donations of the Jefferson Kiwanis Club.

On Friday athletes that were district winners from all over the state of Iowa competed in track and field events. All participants are placed in divisions by ability level, age, and gender. Friday’s results were: Cole DeHoet, first in his division of the running long jump, Kim Stanek, first in her division of the shot put, Nick Walsh, third in his division of the shot put, and Rylie Breheny, fifth in her division of the softball throw.

The team ended the competition on Saturday when they competed in running events. Nick Walsh finished third in his division of the 400 meter dash, and Cole DeHoet, Kourtlin Thacker, Nick Walsh, and Rylie Breheny were fourth in their division of the 4 x 100 meter relay.

One Greene County middle school student also competed well at the State Special Olympics. Kelly Martin, eighth grader at Greene County Middle School, placed second in her division and received a silver medal in the standing long jump competition.

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