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Olathe, Kan. — Led by four victories from Hanover’s Katrina Geurkink, the Lebanon-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club placed 24th out of more than 100 clubs during last weekend’s USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships at the Olathe District Schools Activity Center.

A former thrower at Hanover High School and the University of Vermont, Geurkink picked up all of her wins in the women’s 50-54 age group, setting seasonal personal bests along the way in each. The 52-year-old threw the 3-kilo hammer 113 feet, 1 inch; recorded a 1-kilo discus toss of 104-5; won the 3k shot put at 36-43/4; and claimed the 16-pound weight throw at 35-61/2. Geurkink also added team points by taking fourth place in the 500-gram javelin throw, measuring 75-71/2.

Valerie Thompson, 55, of Lebanon, added to TSAC’s totals with two fourth-place results in the women’s 55-59 division, in the hammer (67-31/2) and javelin (52-101/2). Thompson also placed sixth in the shot put at 21-5.

On the men’s side, javelin specialist Zane Rodriguez, 54, of Norwich, claimed second in his men’s 50-54 age group in the 700g javelin, recording a seasonal PR of 173-8. Club founder Carl Wallin, 71, of Lebanon, added to the team tally in the men’s 70-74 division by winning the 4k shot (44-31/2), taking second in the weight throw (58-101/2) and finishing third in the 4k hammer (133-7).

The meet involved more than 230 events, and 117 clubs from around the country posted at least one team point.

For Your Health

Active Living Talk

Hanover — The Upper Valley Running Club and Team Amp will kick off its summer series of talks on athletics topics on Wednesday with a discussion entitled “Body Protection” hosted by David O’Meara.

A coach, speaker, author and athlete, O’Meara teaches professional and amateur athletes how to maximize speed, explosion, strength and flexibility while also preventing injury. The talk will be held at the Mayer Room in Hanover’s Howe Library, from 7-9 p.m.

The series will continue on Aug. 28 with Vermont 100-Mile Road Race champion Jack Pilla and conclude on Sept. 25 on a to-be-determined topic. All events in the Team Amp summer speaker series are free. Visit for more information.

To the Hoop

Basketball Tourney at CCBA

Lebanon — The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department and the Carter Community Building Association are seeking teams for a fundraising basketball tournament next month.

The B-Ballers for Scholars two-on-two basketball tournament will take place on the CCBA’s outdoor courts on Aug. 10, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Teams can have up to three players for competition in five different age groups (grades 7-8; grades 9-10; grades 11-12; adults; over-40 adults). Each team is guaranteed at least two games, and each participant will receive a sleeveless T-shirt.

The cost to participate is $30 per team, with a registration deadline of July 24. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward a scholarship fund dedicated toward helping Upper Valley youths stay active. Online registration is available at Call Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for more information.

On the Run

WNHTRS Heads to Sunapee

Sunapee — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series continues on Saturday with the Frenzy in the Forest run in Sunapee.

The race, covering approximately five miles, will be staged in Webb’s Forest on Harding Hill Road, benefitting the Sunapee High School Athletic Leadership Council. Start time is 9 a.m., with a free kids run following. Advance registration (through today) is $15, and race-day registration (7-8:30 a.m.) is $20. Contact race organizer Jon Reed at 603-763-5615 for more information.

The remainder of the WNHTRS schedule:

∎ Stoaked Trail Run, Aug. 10, Hanover.

∎ Farnum Five.5, Lebanon, Sept. 7.

∎ Lost a Lot Trail Race, Lebanon, Sept. 21.

For more information on the series, visit or contact series director Chad Denning at 603-558-2352 or

On the Tee

Lake Morey’s Cole Shares Win

Williston, Vt. — Lake Morey Country Club’s Nancy Cole shared the low-net award in her division at the Vermont Women’s State Golf Association’s state day tournament at Williston Golf Course on July 9.

Playing in Division B, Cole shot a round of 68 to tie for the award with Cedar Knoll’s Ethelyn Bartlett. Quechee’s Jo Allsop was six shots back in second place.

Quechee’s Jill Jenkins also came home with honors, claiming a share of second low gross in Division C with a round of 93, two stroks behind co-winners Claire Wilcox and Helene Poulin, both of Williston.

In the Pool

UVAC Scholarships Available

White River Junction — Through a grant from the USA Swimming Foundation, the Upper Valley Aquatic Center is making available financial aid for first- and third-grade children in the town of Hartford for summer swim programs.

The money comes from USA Swimming’s Make a Splash program. Interesting families can pick up scholarship applications from the UVAC welcome desk or by sending an email to

Applicants should expect a week to 10 days for the approval process and are asked to keep timing of classes in mind when submitting a scholarship application. Calls UVAC at 802-295-2850 for more information.

In the Saddle

GHMA Eventing Clinic

South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association has scheduled its first festival of eventing clinic for Aug 5-8 at its home facility in South Woodstock as a run-up to the Aug. 9 one-day competition for elementary, beginner novice and novice riders and the Aug. 10-11 meet for novice through intermediate equestrians.

The clinic will offer riders and horses intruction, briefings, unmounted sessions and fun in such areas as dressage schooling, stadium exercises and cross country gallops. There will also be opportunities to experience fast-pace work on GMHA’s steeplechase course. Registration opens on June 25.

Contact GHMA’s Molly Hutchins at 802-457-1509, ext. 219 or for more information.


This article has been amended to correct an earlier error.

Katrina Geurkink of the Lebanon-based Thor's Stone Athletic Club won four events and finished fourth in another at the recent USA Track & Field Masters Championship in Olanthe, Kan. Geurkink's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this article.