The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 28, 2014

Uwharrie Senior Games open at Albemarle High School

Thursday, February 24, 2014 — When Vicki Walters, 58, turned out to be the only one  in her age group running the 100 meter dash at the Senior Games, members of the officiating Oakboro Running Club volunteered to run with her.

Walters beat them both with a time of 17.8 seconds. (Editor's Note: In regards to the story on the opening of the Senior Games in Thursday’s paper, it was the Oakboro Running Group volunteered to help officiate and record results, not the Uwharrie Running Club as reported in the Thursday print edition).

“She’s good,” Tammy Hartsell, who ran with her, said.

It wasn’t even her best day. Last year Walters took second place at the state-level Senior Games with a time of 16.7 seconds.

“Mostly we’re just out to have a good time,” Carolyn Hathcock, another Senior Games participant, said.

“But we like to keep each other competitive too.”

Saturday marked the beginning of the Stanly County Senior Games, which will continue through May 2.

More than 50 participants gathered at Albemarle High School for the opening ceremony and the first 13 events of the season, most of which revolved around track and field.

To give the games their proper welcome, opening speeches were made, the county’s banner was presented, the Senior Games Torch was lit and participant Carol Gibson read the state’s official Senior Games poem.

“I am the desire that inspires all that are involved to give their very best... I am the spirit of the Senior Games,” Gibson read.

Participant Carolyn Thompson said that’s exactly why she’s out here.

“I want to see how well I can do,” she said.

Rodney Hartsell, one of the founders of the Uwharrie Running Club recording results at the event, said he’s glad to see that go-getter spirit persist despite age.

Next year, he and several other members of the running club will be eligible for the Senior Games.

“We can’t wait for it now,” he said.

Stephanie Davis, who came out with her husband and seven kids to support Gibson, said the games also benefit the younger generation.

“It’s a great time to live out our family values,” Davis said.

Not only does it show her kids the importance of supporting each other, she said, but it also encourages them to be healthy and active.

“The best way to build values in your kids is to live them out,” Davis said.

“That’s what we get here.”

Winners of the opening events are as follows:

Discus Throw – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W), Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Ann Lowder (W), Steve Gibson: 65-69: Beatrice Morgan (W), David Tyson (M); 70-74: Genevieve Myers (W), Butch Poplin (M); 75-79: J.F. Morgan (M); 80-84: Ella Batten (W); 85-89: Dortha Cave (W).

Basketball Shooting – 55-59: Demple Holbrook (W), Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Mary Coburn (W), Larry Hale (M); 65-69: Margaret Beck (W), Archie Sellers (M); 70-74: Mary Ann Sifford (W), Don Morrison (M); 75-79: Faye Crawley (W), Ron Crawley (M); 80-84: Ollie Mae Shaw (W), Gene Harrington (M).

Running Long Jump – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W); 60-64: Carol Gibson (W); 65-69: Ronnie Tucker (M); 70-74: Carolyn Thompson (W), Donald Walter (M); 75-79: Oscar Shelton (M).

Shot Put – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W), Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Ann Lowder (W); 65-69: Beatrice Morgan (W), Tom Misenheimer (M); 70-74: Carolyn Thompson (W), Butch Poplin (M); 75-79: J.F. Morgan (M); 80-84: Ella Batten (W).

Football Throw – 55-59: Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Steve Gibson (M); 65-69: Tom Misenheimer (M); 70-74: Butch Poplin (M); 75-79: Oscar Shelton (M).

Softball Throw – 50-54: Linda Gobrish (W), 55-59: Vicki Walter (W), Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Carol Gibson (W), Steve Gibson (M); 65-69: Margaret Beck (W), William Beck (M); 70-74: Carolyn Thompson (W), Butch Poplin (W); 75-79: Faye Crawley (W), Oscar Shelton (M); 80-84: Ollie Mae Shaw (W); 85-89: Dortha Cave (W); 90-94: Thelma Craig (W).

Spin Casting – Linda Gobrish (W); 55-59: Demple Holbrook (W), Toby Thorpe (M); 60-64: Carol Gibson (W), Steve Gibson (M); 65-69: Ronnie Tucker (M); 70-74: Pat Clepper (W); Butch Poplin (M); 95-99: Margie Crump (W).

100 Meter Dash – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W); 70-74: Carolyn Thompson (W), Donald Walter (M); 75-79: Ron Crawley (M).

200 Meter Dash – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W); 70-74: Carolyn Thompson (W), Donald Walter (M); 75-79: Ron Crawley (M).

400 Meter Dash – 55-59: Vicki Walter (W); 70-74: Donald Walter (M).

1,500 Meter Race-Walk – 60-64: Liz Nichols (W).

1,500 Meter Run – 70-74: Donald Walter (M).

5K Race Walk – 60-64: Sonja School (W), Larry Hale (M): 70-74: Donna Yorkovich (W), Bob Schull (M); 75-79: Richard Yorkovich (M).

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at

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