Nine Team Socorro athletes compete at Special Olympics

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Nine athletes representing Tresco Inc.’s Team Socorro participated in the 2014 Special Olympics New Mexico Summer Games at the University of New Mexico May 30-June 1.

Courtesy photo: Team Socorro athletes, coaches and volunteers, which took part in the 2014 Special Olympics New Mexico; included, from left, Julie Marquez, Amanda Hill, Rick Marquez, Isaac Sawells, Sandra Serna, Michael Gallegos, Judy Hardin, Richard Scroggins, Joshua Streed, Christine Schwartzenberg, Paula Dillon, Mable Baca and Lynette Miller. Above right, Stella Shoemaker runs the 50-meter run. Right, Shawna Montoya gets set to cross the finish line in the 50-meter run.

Special Olympians Moriah Aragon, Dominic Castaneda, Paula Dillon, Shawna Montoya, Richard Scroggins, Sandra Serna, Christine Schwartzenberg, Stella Shoemaker and Joshua Streed ventured to Albuquerque for the weekend, along with coaches Julie and Rick Marquez and volunteers Mable Baca, Theresa Baca, Michael Gallegos, Judy Hardin, Amanda Hill and Lynette Miller and Lyndsey.

Team Socorro took part in the May 5 regional meet in Rio Rancho to qualify for the Summer Games, according to Julie Marquez.

“They enjoy it and look forward to it every year,” she said.

First-timer Aragon took home gold medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes. She, along with the other athletes, prepared for the event by running and training every day for the past three months.

Meanwhile, Special Olympics veterans Dominic Castaneda and Stella Shoemaker came away with gold and silver medals. The pair has competed in the games for around 30 years. Shoemaker won a silver medal in the 50-meter run, while Castaneda won gold in the 25-meter dash and silver in the softball throw.

“It was a good time,” Castaneda said.

Schwartzenberg, who competed in her 10th Summer Games, was victorious, winning gold medals in the 25-meter run and softball throw.

Other medals won included:

• Paula Dillon – two gold (25-meter assisted wheelchair race and softball throw)

• Shawna Montoya – gold (50-meter run)

• Richard Scroggins two gold (25-meter run, softball throw)

• Sandra Serna – two gold (25-meter assisted wheelchair race and softball throw)

• Joshua Streed – two gold (25-meter walk, softball throw).

Family and friends came out to support the athletes, Marquez said. She’s grateful for all their support, along with the volunteers and Marc Wheeler who organized the local portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run leading up to the event.