Special Olympics Summer Games

Special Olympics Oregon will be holding its annual Summer State Games this weekend in Newberg, and a number of Washington County athletes will be competing.

Among them are Beaverton’s Brandon Wynne, who will take part in the softball competition at Newberg High School and the Darnell Wright Softball Complex, and Forest Grove’s Jackie Buxton, who will participate in the golf competition being staged at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.

As for the other competitions, bocce will be played at the Austin Sports Complex, while the main attraction, the games’ many track and field events, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the high school. The state-level competitions mark the culmination of more than 30 regional events held across Oregon.

The Summer Games opening ceremony will be held Saturday at Loran Douglas Field and is expected to draw more than 2,000 spectators. The ceremony preshow will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade and opening kickoff at 7. A dance and social, always popular among the athletes, will follow.

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C.A.T. Fun Run draws big crowd

More than 800 participants turned out Friday for the 14th annual C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run based in downtown Hillsboro.

Though the top male and female finishers live in Portland, western Washington County was well-represented near the top of the standings of the 5-kilometer race.

Jonathan Sipling, 37, was the overall winner. He finished in 17 minutes, 24 seconds. Not far behind, Hillsboro’s Peter Carleson, 47, who finished as the overall runner-up and the first masters runner (40 and older). He was timed in 17:28. Other Hillsboro residents in the top 10 were Nick Speth (third, 17:34), Phillip Borlet (fourth, 18:38), Shad Mont (sixth, 19:25), James Sabo (seventh, 19:51) and Barry Huntley (10th, 20:18).

On the women’s side, Kelly Chang, 40, was both the top finisher and top masters runner. She finished in 19:38, 18 seconds faster than Forest Grove resident Laura Lewis. Amanda Houghton, of Hillsboro, followed in third in 23:08. Other top Hillsboro finishers were Tracie Garcia (fifth, 23:33), Rachel Arnett (eighth, 24:26) and Christine Beckel (ninth, 24:31). Cornelius resident Ashlee Brown was sixth in 24:24.

All-comers track meets on tap

July is here, and that means it’s almost time for the annual Hillsboro all-comers track meets series put on by the City of Hillsboro Park & Recreation.

This summer’s remaining meets will be staged July 16 and 23 at Elden Keller Track at Hare Field. Registration will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. the day of each meet, with events starting at 6.

Age groups are 6 and younger, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13, and high school/open.

The race schedule for the July 16 meet is as follows: 100-meter hurdles (11 and older), 50 hurdles (10 and younger), 200, 800, 50 (6 and younger), 400, 4x100 relay and 3,000. The race schedule for the July 9 and 23 meets has a slightly different schedule: 100 hurdles (11 and older), 50 hurdles (10 and younger), 200, 800, 50 (6 and younger), 100, 1,500 and 4x400 relay.

For more information, call 503-681-6120.

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