Mobile County athletes performed well in the 2017 Special Olympics State Games.
The team of 35 athletes won 43 gold medals, 21 silver medals, 5 bronze medals, 7 fourth-place ribbons and 1 fifth-place ribbon.
The athletes traveled to Troy University this past weekend with 14 coaches and chaperones, competing in track and field; baseball; bocce; rhythmic gymnastics; golf and equestrian events.
Andrew Hubbard posted the fastest time in the 100-meter at 12.75 seconds. Andrew and Jackson Wilson tied with the fastest time in the 200-meter at 26.48 seconds. Vrae Murphy beat all competition in the 400-meter with a time of 1:01.63. The MCPSS 4×100 relay team of Jackson Wilson, Keyon Peters, Andrew Hubbard and Vrae Murphy posted the fastest time in the relay at 52.35 seconds.
Overall, the athletes earned:
- 10 gold medals in equestrian
- 3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze in golf
- 6 gold, 4 silver in rhythmic gymnastics
- 2 silvers and 4 ribbons in bocce
- 5 golds in baseball
- 19 golds, 12 silvers, 3 bronze and 4 ribbons in track and field
“This weekend competition is indescribable on so many levels,” said Sheryl Thomas, the district’s Special Olympic Coordinator. “But one ironclad truth is that it absolutely would not have happened without the volunteer efforts of fabulous coaches, chaperones, parents and sponsors.
“Please accept my heartfelt thanks for giving so generously and with such deep caring and love to our incredible athletes.”