Hot Vermont seniors compete in Kansas

Barb Jordan, left, of South Burlington and Flo Meiler of Shelburne at a previous Masters Track & Field event.

Barb Jordan, left, of South Burlington and Flo Meiler of Shelburne at a previous Masters Track & Field event.

Flo Meiler of Shelburne and Barb Jordan of South Burlington competed at the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Olatha, Kansas July 11-14.

Hot it was, 93 degrees, and so were they. Meiler won 14 medals. Eight gold medals: Pentathlon (five events), long jump, pole vault, discus, 80m short hurdles, 200m long hurdles, 200m run, and 4×100 relay. Five silver medals: hammer throw, 100m run, triple jump, high jump, and weight throw plus a bronze medal in shot put. Jordan won six medals. Three gold: 100m run, triple jump, and 4×100 relay. Two silver medals: 200m run and long jump and a bronze in the high jump.

The pair was hotter than the 90 plus temperatures. They are good friends who train together and compete for fun, fitness, and friendship.

Meiler was presented with the USA Masters Track & Field 2012 Female 75+ Athlete of the Year Award at the awards dinner on Sunday.

And hot off the presses Meiler was recently named a Humana Game Changer for serving as role model to seniors – and people of all ages – by displaying how to live a healthy life. One of five athletes to be recognized prior to the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio July 19-Aug. 1, Meiler will compete along with more than 10,000 adults over the age of 50.

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