Hundreds descend on BCS for Senior Games

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By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The ESPN College GameDay Basketball program will be making it first visit to Texas A&M on Saturday, but that’s not the only sports highlight in College Station this weekend.

A total of 441 athletes between the ages of 49-90 are competing in the Brazos Valley Senior Games from Thursday through Sunday at venues across Bryan-College Station. Among the competitors are 372 out-of-towners — including one from North Carolina — and 141 women.

The Brazos Valley Senior Games is another shining example of the city’s growing presence in the sports tourism industry, which has become a significant economic driver in our community.

We invite you to check out the action — admission is free! For more information and a complete schedule of events and locations, visit cstx.gov/seniors or call 979-764-3486.

Here’s the breakdown of participants by sport:

5K Run – 28 Golf – 18
Archery – 8 Horseshoes – 9
Basketball 3-on-3– 6 teams Pickleball – 125
Basketball Free Throws – 19 Swimming – 30
Basketball Skills – 16 Table Tennis – 33
Bowling – 38 Tennis – 20
Cornhole – 17 Track & Field – 93
Cycling – 51 Washers – 9
Disc Golf – 9

Other notable facts

SG16-Ad-Facebook2Joe Barger of Austin is the oldest male athlete at the age of 90 years and three months. He is competing in the 5K run and six track running events – 50-meters, 100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, 800-meters, and 1,500-meters.

Eleanor Freebairn of Bryan is the oldest female athlete at the age of 88 years and 11 months. She is competing in the 1500-meter run.

Michael McDavid of Buchanan Dam is competing in the highest number of events at 14, mostly in track & field. In addition to seven running events, he’ll compete in the 3,000-meter race walk, javelin, shot put, high jump, long jump, cycling 5K and 10K time trial.

Randy Swann of Raleigh, N.C., traveled 1,242 miles to compete. Other out-of-state athletes are representing New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Jim Gerhardt of Houston, a 1952 Olympian, will compete in his fourth Brazos Valley Senior Games. He’ll participate in four field events in track — the discus, hammer throw, javelin, and shot put. Gerhardt placed 11th in the triple jump at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.

A total of 228 volunteers — mostly Texas A&M students — will assist staff throughout the event.

Photos: 2015 Brazos Valley Senior Games

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