by Fred Weber
On July 25th, ten local athletes who regularly train at the Rolling Acres Sports Complex registered to compete in the first-ever worldwide, virtual track & field meet. Competing in Category B, wherein officials held the contestants close to USAFT rules and regulations, they became part of 419 throwers representing 37 nations.
Over a two-week period, during which all track and field events were contested, approved locations held their competitions and submitted the results to a worldwide data base provided and managed by United States Track & Field (USATF).
At the Rolling Acres complex, women competed in two age groups, 55-59, and 80-85, while the men were in the 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75-79 age groups. Two other regulars had to compete at their summer locations.
At the time of this writing, the worldwide results were not all posted but, at least one local athlete, “Tiny” Cazel, is known to have taken first place in her age group.
The proceedings recognized the international aspect of the meet by opening with The Pledge of Allegiance and by having numerous American flags posted.
Masks were worn, when appropriate, and social distancing was practiced by both spectators and athletes.
Thanks to the Town of Lady Lake and the Rolling Acres staff, a wonderful day was enjoyed by all.