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At the Special Olympics District Track Meet held on April 13th at North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge, Iowa, more than sixty athletes from Muscatine competed for spots in this year’s Iowa Summer Games. Across the many events they participated in, these athletes ran countless miles in their pursuit of victories for their team. By the end of the day, they showed that through their hard work and determination that they could go the distance and represent Muscatine at its best.
This spring, Muscatine Special Olympics athletes competed in ten different events. These included the fifty-meter dash, 100-meter dash, fifty-meter race walk, 100-meter race walk, the 800-meter run, the 1,500-meter run, softball throw, shot put, Nerf javelin, and long jump.
Overall, the Muscatine Special Olympics team distinguished themselves across all events. Collectively, they earned fifty gold medals, twenty-four silver medals, twenty-three bronze medals, eight fourth place ribbons, four fifth place ribbons, one sixth place ribbon, and one participation award. Additionally, thirteen medalists won gold in two events, a noteworthy achievement.
Thirty-eight athletes qualified to play in the Iowa State Summer Games at the District Track Meet. They will join the ten soccer players, fourteen swimmers, and eight bocce ball players from Muscatine Special Olympics who have already punched their tickets to compete at the next level. Overall, Muscatine will send seventy athletes to the Iowa State Summer Games.
After the weather last spring led to a disappointing District Track Meet, Jason Miller, Director of the Muscatine Special Olympics, shared his excitement that his athletes got to compete and joy in how well they did. “Last year we had some bad weather and weren’t able to have the track meet. This year we got some good weather. It was nice to get back into the swing of things after being off for a year. Overall, things ran really smooth and our athletes did a great job showcasing their skills.” With the strong performances all of Muscatine’s Special Olympics athletes put up at the District Track Meet, they will surely go the distance again at the Iowa State Summer Games and bring home more victories.

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