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Senior Olympics Under Way

Senior athletes begin competition on Sept. 20.

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Competing in the 200-meter run, Rod Zumbro of Springfield, places second in his heat on the opening day of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

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Richard Enrico of Sterling competes in the 200-meter run at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center during the opening day of the 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics on Saturday. Enrico won his heat.

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Averett Tombel of Vienna competes in the 200-meter run at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center during the opening day of the 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics on Saturday.

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Bernie Kleinschmidt, 86, of Annandale competes in the discus during the first day of the 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington on Sept. 20. The Senior Olympics will hold events around the region until Oct. 2. Kleinschmidt set a senior record with a throw of 27-feet and 2-inches.

The 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics opened Saturday, Sept. 20 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington.

Track and field events began with a three mile walk. Gold medals were awarded to (men) 60-64, Kai-Peter Koenig, Montclair, 65-69, Herb Levitan, Arl., 70-74, Richard Deringer, Annandale, 75-79, Jack Nance, Springfield; (women) 50-54, Connie McKeon, Annandale, 55-59, Mary Ann Schwab, Fairfax, 60-64, Toni Fargo, Arl., 65-69, Rosemary Hallenback, Burke, 70-74, Dorothy Skinner, Alex., 75-79, Suzanne Sepilian, Burke, 80-84, Betty Vertiz, Arl., 90-94, Mary Lathram, Falls Church.

Gold medal winners in the 800 meter walk were (men) 55-59, Doug Hastings, Alex., 60-64, John Cordyack, Reston, 65-69, Herb Levitan, Arl., 70-74, Richard Deringer, Annandale, 75-79, Dante Simbulan, Burke; (women) 50-54, Donna Wells-Taylor, Lorton, 55-59, Mary Ann Schwab, Fairfax, 65-69, Rosemary Hallenback, Burke, 70-74, Barbaara Curran, Purcellville, 75-79, Jean Dawson, Purcellville, 80-84, Mary Boska, Alex., 85-89, Nancy Cocroft, Purcellville, 90-94, Mary Lathram, Falls Church. Winners in the 1600 meter walk were (men) 55-59, Jim Carboni, Oak Hill, 60-64, Kai-Peter Koenig, Montclair, 65-69, Herb Levitan, Arl., 70-74, James W.C. Chang, Oakton, 80-84, Curran Tiffany, Arl.; (women) 55-59, Mary Ann Schwab, Fairfax, 65-69, Phyllis Mentzer, Purcellville, 75-79,Kathryn Nikkel, Lovettsville.

In the 400 and 800 meter runs, gold medalists were 400 (men) 50-54, Gary Presuhn, Burke, 55-59, Sola Cole, Arl., 60-64, Robert Eaheart Sr., Springfield, 65-69, Charles Sponsler, Fairfax, 70-74, Frank Green, Annandale, 80-84, Curan Tiffany, Arl.; (women) 55-59, Hannah Phillips, Alex., 60-64, Charlotte Perdue, Arl.; 800 (men) 50-54, Gary Presuhn, Burke, 55-59, Karl Blake, Vienna, 60-64, Don Meli, Annandale, 65-69, Revanne Krupke, Falls Church, 70-74, Steve Mandes, Bristow; (women) 55-59, Hannah Phillips, Alex., 60-64, Judy Snellgrove, Manassas.

In the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes, gold medal winners were 60 (men ) 50-54, Arnie Figueroa, Fairfax, 55-59, Sola Cole, Arl., 60-64, Jeff Young, McLean, 65-69, Thomas Redmond, Centreville, 70-74, Frank Green, Annandale, 75-79, Richard Enrico, Ashburn, 80-84, Curran Tiffany, Arl., 85-89, Dana Hodgdon, McLean, 90-94, Andy Simko, Springfield; (women) 50-54, Sandy Austin, Dale City, 55-59, Anne Christenson, Falls Church, 60-64, Mary White, Arl., 65-69, Helen Crum, Annandale, 75-79, Alease Brooks, Arl., 80-84 Josephine Stewart, Manassas. 200 meter dash (men) 50-54, Arnie Figueroa, Fairfax, 55-59, Sola Cole, Arl., 60-64, Jeff Young, McLean, 65-69, Charles Sponsler, Fairfax, 70-74, Steve Mandes, Bristow, 75-79, Richard Enrico, Ashburn, 80-84, Curran Tiffany, Arl.; (women) 50-54, Faith Cooper, Purcellville, 55-59, Hannah Phillips, Alex., 60-64, Mary White, Arl., 75-79, Alease Brooks, Arl., Josephine Stewart, Manassas.

Field events including shot put, discus, running and standing long jumps were also held. Gold medals in shot put were (men) 50-54, Charles James, Herndon, 55-59, Doug Hastings, Alex., 60-64 Jeff Young, McLean, 65-69, Alan Gillian, Woodbridge, 70-74, Heling Luo, Fairfax, V. Thuraisamy, Sterling, 90-94, J.R. Cassidy, Manassas; (women) 55-59, Vera Ziherman, Alex., 65-69, Le Pei Hu, Fairfax, 75-79, Sheila Gildea, McLean, 80-84, Josephine Stewart, Manassas, 85-89, Bernie Kleinschmidt, Annandale, 90-94, Mary Lathram, Falls Church. Discus gold medalists were (men) 50-54, Charles James, Herndon, 55-59, Doug Hastings, Alex., 60-64, Steven Dorosewicz, Arl., 65-69, Alan Gillien, Sr., Woodbridge, 70-74, Heling Luo, Fairfax, 75-79, Peter Schwartz, Jr., Dumfries, 90-94, J.R. Cassidy, Manassas; (women) 65-69, Le Pei Hu, Fairfax, 75-79, Sheila Gildea, McLean, 8084, Josephine Stewart, Manassas, 85-89, Bernie Kleinschmidt, Annandale, 90-94, Mary Lathram, Falls Church.

Running long jump winners were (men) 55-59, Doug Hastings, Alex., 60-64, Jeff Young, McLean, 65-69, Rod Zumbro, Springfield, 70-74, Heling Luo, Fairfax, 75-79, V. Thuraisamy, Sterling; (women) 55-59, Hannah Phillips, Alex., 65-69, Le Pei Hu, Fairfax, 80-84, Vivian Nielson, Springfield; standing long jump, (men) 55-59, Doug Hastings, Alex., 60-64, tie, John Cordyack, Reston and Robert Eaheart, Jr., Springfield, 65-69, Rod Zumbro, Springfield, 70-74, Heling Luo, Fairfax, 75-79, Richard Enrico, Ashburn, 90-94, Andy Simko, Springfield; (women) 55-59, Hannah Phillips, Alex., 65-69, Le Pei Hu, Fairfax, 75-79, Alease Brooks, Arl., Mary Lathram, Falls Church.

NVSO continues through Oct. 2 at different venues with events in line dancing, bowling, golf, tennis, table tennis, eight ball pool, horseshoes, swimming, diving, scrabble, chess, duplicate bridge, backgammon, bunco, shuffleboard, miniature golf, Frisbee throw, basketball free throw, racquetball, bait casting, cribbage, yo yo tricks and pickleball. Additional information may be obtained by checking the Web site at www.novaseniorolympics or calling 703-228-4721.