Officers to carry torch for Special Olympics

Opening ceremonies tomorrow

games to begin on Saturday


In support of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games to be held tomorrow night through Sunday at the University of Maryland, College Park, state and local law enforcement officers will run a torch relay through Carroll County tomorrow morning.

Starting about 9 a.m. on Route 26 at the Frederick County line, members of the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police and Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Westminster Police Department will carry the Special Olympics torch east to Route 27 and north to city police headquarters in Westminster, said 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, a police spokesman for the event.

About a dozen runners are expected to participate, with a Westminster officer running the final leg of the relay, Richardson said.

Special Olympics T-shirts will be available for sale with all proceeds going to the charity, he said.

A number of Carroll County athletes will compete, including: Athletics: Tammy Hollibaugh, Christine Utz, John Sollers, TRC; Taira Randall, Kenny Long, Sykesville Middle; Kevin Malloy, Runnymede Elementary; Jeannine Taylor, Carroll Springs School; Vernon Wallace, Francis Scott Key High; Ray Clark, Carroll Community College.

Marsha Barger is head of the delegation. Chaperones are Betty Poole and Mary Cleaver. Coaches are Beth Derry and Bill McDonald.

Aquatics: Tori Eshelman, Jen Doyle, Kristin Davis, Nicole Hurley, Nicki Nalcanik, Ann Sturgeon. Mike Hurley is coach; Sue Hurley and Lynn Davis are chaperones.

Equestrian: Erin Strevig, Megan Roland, Carrie Billings, Bruce Watt, Josh Smith, Adam Dunn. Coach is Mary Shunk; chaperones are Lisa Ciarapica and Phil Jensen.

Opening ceremonies will be at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Cole Field House. Competition will be held from 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. A victory dance and fireworks will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday. Closing ceremonies will be at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.

Two of the athletes, Ann Sturgeon and Bruce Watt, will compete in the World Games from June 26 to July 4 in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The two won gold medals at last year's summer Maryland games and were chosen to attend the World Games.

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