Special Olympians bring home many awards

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Reporter

Representing Central Montana in equestrian events at the summer Special Olympics in Missoula are (front row, standing from left) Phillip Huber, Sheriff Troy Eades, Ryan Peterson, Phillip Wichman, Jay McGuire, Coach Erlonna Erickson, (on horses, from left) Carson Patten, Tiffany Jorgenson, Allisha Ayers and Taryn Thompson.

Photo courtesy of Kaylene Patten

 

 2017 marked the final year for the Special Olympic Summer Games in Missoula. In 2018, the games will move to Great Falls for the next three years. At this year’s summer games more than 83 teams with approximately 1,200 athletes competed. 

Fergus County Sheriff Troy Eades and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Peterson joined the Central Montana Eagles for the entire state games, with the athletes being more than thrilled. Eades and Peterson joined in the lighting of the torch for the opening ceremonies in the circle of honor with other law enforcement officers from around the state. They also assisted in handing out ribbons and medals at the cycling, equestrian, and track and field events. 

“Having them with us and representing Lewistown was our athletes’ greatest joy,” said local coordinator Kaylene Patten. “I think our athletes worked even harder knowing Troy and Ryan were there watching them and cheering them on.”

The Central Montana Equestrian team was the sharpest dressed equestrian team at the competition this year due to a generous donation from Big Dry Saddlery of matching green helmets for all the athletes. 

“Numerous other teams commented on how nice our team looked, and how we all matched with our vests, helmets, saddle blankets and halters,” added Patten. 

Following are the results for the individual members of the Central Montana Eagles team.

Jess Arneson: 100-meter and 200-meter walks-participation ribbons; 1-K tricycle time trial-bronze medal; 500-m tricycle time trial-silver medal.

Arthur Arriaga: 100-meter walk-bronze medal; 50-meter walk-gold medal; 1-K cycling time trial-silver medal; 500-m cycling time trial-gold medal.

Allisha Ayers: 100-meter dash-bronze medal; 50-meter dash-sixth place; stock seat equitation-gold medal; working trails course-bronze medal; traditional drill team-gold medal.

Phillip Huber: 100-meter dash-fifth place; 50-meter dash-fourth place; stock seat equitation-bronze medal; working trails course-silver medal. 

Tiffany Jorgensen: 100-meter dash-bronze medal; 50-meter dash-fourth place; working trails course-gold medal; barrel racing-gold medal; traditional drill team-gold medal. 

Jay McGuire: 100-meter dash-fourth place; 200-meter dash-gold medal; stock seat equitation-gold medal; working trails course-gold medal.

Carson Patten: 100-meter dash-fifth place; 200-meter dash-bronze medal; pole bending-participation ribbon; working trails course-gold medal; traditional drill team-gold medal.

Danny Selph: 100-meter dash-fifth place; 200-meter dash-bronze medal; 1-K cycling time trial-bronze medal; 500-m cycling time trial-gold medal.

Taryn Thompson: 100-meter dash-seventh place; 50-meter dash-fifth place; pole bending-gold medal; working trails course-silver medal; traditional drill team-gold medal.

Phillip Wichman: 100-meter dash-eighth place; 50-meter dash-fourth place; stock seat equitation-silver medal; working trails course-gold medal.

Patrick Yerman: 100-meter dash-bronze medal; 200-meter dash-fourth place; 15-K cycling road race-gold medal; 5-K cycling road race-gold medal. 

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