Somerset County brings home the gold in winter games
The 2012 Somerset County winter games team is ready for competition. Front row: Sue Putman, Laura Penrod, Jon Meyers, Kevin Morris and Josette Mickey. Back row: Don Penrod, Deb Niemiec, Andy Sambol, JoAlyce Kopinski, Megan Critchfield, Brian Miller and Nate Bergstresser. Team dogs Liz and Coal also posed for the photo (Submitted photo)
Susan Putnam, competition director for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing event said there were plenty of gold and silver medals around the necks of Somerset County athletes Tuesday.
Representing Somerset County in the Pennsylvania games were Brian Miller and Andrew Sambol who competed in the cross-country skiing events. Jonathon Meyers, Kevin Morris, Donald Penrod and Laura Penrod competed in snowshoeing. The events were held at Blue Knob Ski Resort in Claysburg.
Sambol is still waiting for one set of results. He is in the running to represent Pennsylvania as part of Team USA in the World Games Jan. 26 to Feb. 6, 2013, in South Korea. Putnam said they should know who is chosen next week. To qualify an athlete needs to win a gold medal. There will be two males and one female cross-country skier from Pennsylvania on Team USA. There will be six total athletes from Pennsylvania on the team.
"He has really good odds," Putnam said.
Putnam said this year there were a lot of volunteers lending a hand with the competition. Megan Critchfield of Boswell was the director of the snowshoe competition and Kristin Pritts of Jefferson Township served as the assistant.
"They did a great job," Putnam said.
Somerset County Results:
Jonathon Meyers, 21, one first place, one third place and one fifth place finishes.
Kevin Morris, 25, one first place, one second place and one third place finishes.
Donald Penrod, 38, three first place and one second place finishes.
Cross Country Skiing
Brian Miller, 39, three first place and one second place finishes.
Andrew Sambol, 32, two first place, one third place and one fifth place finishes.