Saturday Jul 09 2011
Young, young at heart ready to compete
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Some of the youngest and oldest athletes you’ll ever see in athletic competition will be in action in our area throughout this week. As Little League action continues in Auburn, Lincoln and Rocklin, the World Masters Athletics Championships are heating up down in Sacramento. Auburn’s Beggs Field will host the 9-10 Division District 11 championship beginning Monday as Grass Valley takes on Tri-City. Game 1 is at Beggs with Game 2 in Grass Valley on Tuesday and Game 3 (if necessary) back in Auburn on Wednesday. At Lincoln’s picturesque McBean Park, the surging Sierra Foothills All-Stars are set to take on a tough Lincoln squad. Sierra Foothills claimed the Area 2 title on Friday night. Meanwhile Auburn and Foresthill’s 9-10 softball all-stars will battle in a three-game series for the District 11 title this week at a site to be determined. While the Little League games bring memories rushing back and remind us why we fell in love with sports, many of the athletes at the World Masters Athletics Championships are similarly inspiring. Close to 5,000 athletes over the age of 35 are competing in the running and track and field events, many having traveled from overseas. Several former Olympians are among the participants, who hail from 93 different countries. Former Chicago Bears receiver Willie Gault is competing at the WMA Championships for the first time. He’ll be tough to catch in the over-50 100 and 200 meters. Gault clocked a 10.88-second 100 and a 22.44 200 earlier this spring to set world records in his age division. There are many athletes in their 80s and beyond that will test their skills. Trent Lane of Baker, La. is scheduled to compete in five different throwing events. He’s 101. Much of the action takes place at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. Check out www.wma2011.com for all the details. … The Hardrock 100 took place in Silverton, Colo. this weekend and the trend of foreign runners at the top of American ultramarathons continued. Frenchman Julien Chorier survived the brutal trail, along with lightning storms and heavy rain, to win the 102-mile race in 25 hours, 17 minutes. Just two weeks ago, Spain’s Kilian Jornet won at Western States, becoming the first international runner to win the overall title.