Rockford area Special Olympic athletes competed in the recent summer games at the University of St. Thomas with athletes throughout the state.

There were some current and former Rockford students who competed for a total of 10.

In track and field, Colton Stroh finished first in the shot put and fourth in the running long jump.

Aiden Wilts captured second in the shot put and standing long jump, plus was seventh in the 50-meter run.

Cole Mounthachak was second in the 100 and long jump, plus fourth in the shot put.

Elizabeth Wiltsey finished first in the 400 and seventh in the 100. Lilly Peitz placed second in the long jump and sixth in the shot put. Tiana Carlson was second in the shot put and in the long jump.

Erik Thomas competed in several swimming events. He finished first in the 25-meter backstroke, second in the 50 freestyle, second in the 4x25 freestyle relay and fifth in the 25 freestyle.

Joe Savage competed in gymnastics and received two first place medals, three thirds and two sixth. Ryan Bolduc competed in basketball and his team finished in fourth place.

Amber Zachary finished second in the long jump, second in the 50-meter run and third in the shot put.

Bonnie and Craig Wilts are two of several parent coaches for the Rockford Rockets Special Olympics team involving the students. Connie Bolduc is the coach of the Crow River adult team.

The athletes practice at the Rockford High School facilities, often helped by athletes on current teams.

The gymnasts compete with the Mini Hops club. Athletes compete on different teams depending on what sports are offered in the surrounding communities.

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