Fall Mountain Special Olympic team at Upper Valley Regional Games

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Russell Putnam took first place in the 100 and 200 meter runs. Photo provided.

LANGDON, N.H. – The Fall Mountain Special Olympic team participated in the Upper Valley Regional Games Saturday, May 5 in Hanover, N.H. The team had athletes in bocce, track and field, and swimming.

In track, FMSO had its star track athlete, Russell Putnam, sweep first place in the 100 and 200 meter run. Russell also competed in the shot put and the running long jump. Russell is the lone track athlete for FMSO, and he carries the team with pride.

The bocce team had Sean Anderson and Mark Pebbles roll into first place with their teammates Debra Hall, Sarah Johnson, and Bonnie Kyle all coming in third place respectively.

The swimmers had seven athletes partake in the multiple events. Jacob Barboza swam to first place, two second place finishes, and a fifth place. Dalton Hutchinson, in his first year competing in the pool, came in first and two second places. Caitlyn Masure washed away the competition with three first place finishes and a final third place. Mariah Pratt, one of the veteran swimmers, rocketed to two individual first place finishes. Olivia Rounds had a great day with a first place, second place, and third place in individual races. Kyle Simpson also took away two individual first place finishes. Eric Swain, one of the most consistent swimmers on the team, scored second, third and two fourth place finishes.

This year the FMSO swim team brought its first ever unified relay team and mixed relay team. The unified team, with the help of Christopher Masure and Amy Rounds as their unified teammates, were able to score first place with Mariah Pratt and Kyle Simpson rounding out the team. The mixed relay team struck home with Mariah Pratt leading off, Olivia Rounds taking the second leg, Dalton Hutchinson on the third leg, and Kyle Simpson using his impressive speed to bring home first place.

The regional games set the field for the New Hampshire State Games that will be held May 31 to June 2 at UNH.

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