Graytown senior does it again — on national scene
Graytown senior citizen Dorothy Gackstetter added to her trophy case more medals — this time from the National Senior Olympics.
Gackstetter, who is in her 80s, qualified for the national event by winning gold in the 100 meter dash, shot put, discus, javelin, and long jump at the July 2012 state meet at Case Western Reserve University.
At the national meet, held last month at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, Gackstetter placed first in the 100 prelims and won silver in the finals. She also received silver in the discus and bronze in the javelin, shot put, and long jump.
The national association honored all the track medalists at a parade held at the convention center in downtown Cleveland. During the parade, Gackstetter was introduced to Shellie Pfohl, executive director of President Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and the Graytown resident states proudly that she received Pfohl’s autograph.
“At this time, I feel honored and privileged to have competed at the National Senior Olympics,” Gackstetter said. “Just to be there and compete was so exciting that words cannot fully express my feelings except I competed and placed in all my events. God bless,”
Gackstetter also received passes to be entertained by world ice skating champion Scott Hamilton and other former Olympians at an event at Quicken Loans Arena. She also received other gifts for her achievements, including a “sports bag” and certification of participation.
The national Olympics included two participants who were over 100 years old, and a woman from Alaska who was 95-years-old. Even though considered a national event, it also drew participants from around the world, including from Angola, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pietras on depth chart
Six-foot-3, 290-pound senior offensive tackle Andrew Pietras (Northwood) is expected to add depth and battle for playing time on the Baldwin-Wallace football team.
Pietras will join four returning starters on the line, led by 2012 All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Jason Cook, who is expected to be a candidate for NCAA Division III All-American honors.
“We feel that our offensive line will be our strength for us,” said Coach John Snell (71-41). “We return four starters who worked well as a unit. At the end of last season (7-3) our offense was clicking pretty well and I think a lot of that had to do with how well our line was playing. It definitely helps execution when everyone is on the same page.”
B-W is ranked 20th nationally in the Lindy’s Sports Annuals (www.lindyssports.com) and 23rd in the D3football.com D-III preseason national poll.
Graytown senior athlete Dorothy Gackstetter, at right, with Shellie Pfohl, executive director of President Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Graytown senior athlete Dorothy Gackstetter on the runner-up podium (above the “2”) after winning a Silver Medal in the discus at the National Senior Olympics