Men's Tennis and Women's Soccer Supports Special Olympics

Men's Tennis and Women's Soccer Supports Special Olympics

4/18/09

WASHINGTON-- An overcast and occasionally drizzly morning did nothing to dampen spirits and the outstanding performances of over 200 athletes at the Special Olympics Track and Field Qualifying meet held Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Archbishop Carroll High School as CUA's men's tennis and women's soccer teams were on hand to run several of the field competitions and to assist with all the track events.

This was the third year for the Cardinals at the Special Olympics.  Diana Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) said, "Our teams run the events for the athletes, and each year before we start the director tells us to expect the athletes to be overjoyed to interact with us. As we started the events on May 2 at Archbishop Caroll High School we saw new faces and old faces, and it was a great feeling to see the athletes recognize us from the previous years."

Senior Luigi Alvarado (Lima, Peru) officiated and spotted for the Standing Broad Jump, officiated as a timer for the majority of the track events, and served as a Lane Judge for the final event of the day, the 4x100 Meter Relay.

Sophomore Joe Gribbin (Wash., D.C.) and freshman Kevin Melo (Beltsville, Md.) served as primary spotters for the Softball Throw competition. Also during the track events portion of the day, Joe assisted with crowd control, while Kevin staged start lane assignments.   

The freshman trio of Jean Paul Roman (Puerto Rico), Matt Netardus (Va. Beach, Va.), and Mike Pratt (Niles, Mich.) were in charge of all aspects of the Long Jump competition. The group received some excellent last minute field management work from sophomore Mike Reaney (Chicago, Ill.) as the day closed.

Lyndsey Wilkes (SOFIT) was selected as the unofficial Most Outstanding Performer, with a 1st place finish in the 200 Meters, 1st place and opening leg runner in the 4x100, and a 2nd place finish in the Long Jump. Lyndsey, in between events, also assisted with measurement at the Softball Throw competition.

As the squads begins their summer break this week, the Special Olympic competitions shift to CUA's own DuFour Track and Field complex beginning May 19.

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