Columbian athletes qualify for Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Several Columbia Special Olympics participants qualified for the first national games held in the United States, scheduled for July 2-7, 2006 in Ames, Iowa.

Columbia athletes who made the national games qualified in aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, golf, or tennis. These athletes are: Matt Hood, Matt Montgomery, Dena Muskopf, Brianna Perry, Beth Brokamp, Sarah Byland, Steven Harris, Cory Johnson, Kevin Kempker, Derrick Sandbothe, Rodney Stokes, Jeff Johnson, Mike Pitts, Micah Brimer, Diane Brimer, Seth Brimer, Ryan Brimer, Grace Wheeler, Jim LaRue, Scott LaRue, Duke Simmons, Shirlene Treadwell, Robert Eichelberger, Kerry Pilz and Tina Jones. Harry Beslame, Marshall Harding, Ricky Rost, Chris Mounts, Jim Morris, James Kindred and Amanda Bjorklund have qualified as alternates.

Coaches qualifying for the team are Jan Stephens, Genice Fisher, Ken Neff, Kelli McGowan, Curt Yaeger, Peggy Lewellyn-Neff, and Terry Hilt.

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