CATOOSA, OK —
Special Olympians compete at Catoosa
Pryor Schools took 22 special athletes to the Green Country Area Games for Special Olympics in Catoosa April 5.
The athletes competing this year are Jordan Akers, Dalton Barnes, Thomas Bateman, Nicole Bernesser, Troy Busch, Tressa Calkins, Allison Davis, Marcos Hernandez, Jacob Huffman, Mason Jones, Dylan Lyman, Jayden Mathis, Sean McKinney, Marcella Montoya, Patience Oliphant, Autumn Oxford, Dakota Roberts, William Scullawl, Layce Veach, Kellie Wagoner, Aspen Webb and Dallas Wilson.
The athletes competed in 44 total events throughout the track and field games during the day. The events included running and standing long jump, softball and turbo-javelin throw, and running and walking races.
Pryor brought home 16 first-, 16 second- and three third-place medals.
Pryor has nearly doubled its number of participating athletes in the past four years. Participating in these events qualifies athletes to compete in the 45th Oklahoma Summer Games in May at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
This year, for the first time, Pryor was able to take six elementary athletes to compete: five from Roosevelt and one from Lincoln.
Pryor McDonald’s treats the athletes to breakfast on their days of competition.
Pryor Schools thanks all the people and organizations that have contributed to make this possible, and to thanks to the coaches who volunteer each year: Angie Evans, Tonya and Brett Mitchell, Derek Voth, Sarah Stierwalt, Shauna Stanglin, Abbye Jones, Gretchen and Julie Neftzger, Audra Peters, Jennifer Wilson and Leslie Burnett.