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Maresh, Bennett Shine at USA Games

July 2, 2014

Adam Maresh won three power lifting gold medals and Jennifer Bennett a track and field silver medal in representation of Valley City and North Dakota in June 14-21’s Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, N.J., from which Team North Dakota came away with nine gold medals, four silver and seven bronze.

North Dakota, featuring 34 athletes and 10 coaches, competed in Athletics (Track and Field), Aquatics, Bowling, Powerlifting, Unified
Bocce, Unified Soccer and Unified Volleyball.

North Dakota Unified Soccer claimed a bronze medal in the tournament’s top division, and Unified Volleyball took fourth.

Approximately 3,500 athletes representing all 50 states competed at the USA Games.

(Track and Field)

Matt Ihringer, Fargo
1,500-Meter 6:52.57, Bronze
800-Meter 3:01.46, 4th
Long Jump 3.24 meters, 6th
4x100-Meter Relay 1:06.73, 5th

Billy Pyfer, Dickinson
100-Meter 13.61, Gold
Long Jump 4.48 meters, 5th
Shot Put 11.72 meters, 4th
4x100-Meter Relay 1:06.73, 5th

Adair Hartze, Fargo
Pentathlon 1,745 points, Silver
100-Meter 14.61
Long Jump 3.11 meters
Shot Put 7.21 meters
High Jump 1.21 meters
400-Meter 1:07.11
4x100-Meter Relay 1:06.73, 5th

John Schmidt, Mandan
200-Meter 32.68, Gold
100-Meter 16.92, 4th
Shot Put 5.92 meters, 7th
4x100-Meter Relay 1:06.73, 5th

Jennifer Bennett, Valley City
1,500-Meter 7:35.92, Silver
800-Meter 3:30.37, 6th
400-Meter 1:32.82, 4th

Patty McGlynn, Grand Forks
100-Meter 21.63, 5th
Long Jump 2.70 meters, 4th
Shot Put 5.14 meters, Bronze

Athletics (Track and Field) coaches:
Cindy Schopper, Valley City
Janell Hanson, Jamestown


Joey Fuchs, Jamestown
25-Yard Butterfly 32.57, Participation Award
50-Yard Backstroke 1:06.45, 4th
50-Yard Freestyle, Gold Medal

Tracey Odland, Jamestown
25-Yard Breaststroke 47.89 Gold Medal
50-Yard Backstroke 1:13.25 7th Place
50-Yard Freestyle, 5th

Aquatics coach:
Nancy Kielpinski, Mandan


Justin Hellerud, Fargo
Singles 6th
Mixed Doubles 5th

Jan Moser, Mandan
Singles Silver
Mixed Doubles 5th

Bowling Coach:
Ryan Kilwein, Dickinson

Power Lifting

Luke Weinberg, Bismarck
Bench Press, Bronze
Deadlift, Bronze
Combination, Bronze

Adam Maresh, Valley City
Bench Press, Gold
Deadlift, Gold
Combination, Gold

Powerlifting Coach:
Kurt Weinberg, Bismarck

Unified Bocce

Codi Loerch, Mandan
Singles, Bronze
Unified Doubles, Silver
Unified Team, Bronze

Cheryl Loerch, Mandan
Unified Doubles, Silver
Unified Team, Bronze

Brad Hauschild, Fargo
Singles, Gold
Unified Doubles, Gold
Unified Team, Bronze

Jordan Lorenzen, Fargo
Unified Doubles, Gold
Unified Team, Bronze

Bocce coach: Dave Schmidt, Fargo

Unified Soccer Team N.D. Volleyball Results – Unified Division 1

Dustin Adams, Grafton
Josh Jerome, Grand Forks
Tyler Lee, Grand Forks
Chris Haider, Fargo
Alex Nagel, Grand Forks
Kris Scott, Grand Forks
Tim Green, Fargo
Caitlyn Haring, Grand Forks
Travis Lee, Grand Forks

Pool Play vs. Florida 0-0 Tie
Pool Play vs. South Carolina 1-0 Win
Pool Play vs. Nebraska 4-1 Loss
Pool Play vs.Utah 4-2 Win
Medal Rounds vs. Nebraska 4-1 Loss
Medal Rounds vs. Florida 1-0 Loss
Medal Rounds vs. Washington 1-0 Win
Bronze Medal

Soccer coaches:
Dave Schulthies, Grand Forks
Aaron Muz, Grand Forks

Unified Volleyball Results – Unified Division 1

Tina Johnson, Dickinson
Jerry Dolechek, Dickinson
Jennifer Hummel, Fargo
Wade Wintermeyer, Jamestown
Stephanie Hasse, Fargo
Nicole Kristianson, Dickinson
Chelsea Roshau, Dickinson
Heather Stueven, Fargo
Naomi Wilebski, Fargo

Pool Play vs. Arizona Win
Pool Play vs. Connecticut Loss
Pool Play vs. New Jersey Loss
Medal Round vs. Arizona Win
Semifinal vs. Rhode Island Loss
Bronze Medal vs. New Jersey Loss
4th Place

Volleyball coaches:
Ashley Magelky, Fargo
Diana Billick, Mandan

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