Steubenville residents Paul and Sandi Rue turned in outstanding performances at the 2012 USA National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the Harry Gladstein Field House Indoor Track facility on the campus of Indiana University March 16-18.
The Masters event, competing more than 800 athletes in age divisions 30 to over 95, served as a tune-up for the Worlds Masters Indoor Championships, slated this week in Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Sandi Rue, a defending National Senior Olympian in the women's age 65-69 category 100 and 200 meter dashes (Houston in 2011), collected two silver medals and runner-up honors after her performances in the women's 65-69 division 60 meter and 200 meter dashes. Her times were 9.64 and 33.49, respectively. The events were won by Phillipa Raschker, with times of 9.20 and 31.09.
Paul Rue, who also competes as a Senior Olympian, placed fourth in the men's 65-69 division shot put with a throw of 10.62 meters (34 feet, 10.25 inches). Charles Roll won the event with a toss of 13.93 meters (45 feet, 8.50 inches).
Rounding out the meet performances was Steubenville native Jack Thornton Jr., who won a silver medal in the men's 65-69 triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump with jumps of 8.67 meters (29 feet, 1.75 inches) and 4.0 meters (13 feet, 10.50 inches), in the triple and long jumps, respectively. Bruce Covey won the long jump at 4.83 meters (15 feet, 10.25 inches), while Carl Flowers took top honors in the triple jump with a jump of 8.86 meters (29 feet, 9.25 inches).
Thornton, who assists as a personal trainer for Sandi Rue, is a Senior Olympian and also serves as an assistant track coach at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he coaches the sprints, hurdles and horizontal jump events.
Bringing Home the Bling
Steubenville residents who competed in the National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships
- Sandi Rue: Two silvers and a runner-up in 60-meter and 100-meter dashes
- Paul Rue: Fourth in shot put
- Jack Thornton Jr.: Silver in triple jump, fourth in long jump.