Perhaps it was the heat, perhaps not, but only about half the athletes from Thayer County who signed on to participate in the Cornhusker State Games made their way to Lincoln.
Of the 20 who did brave the elements and competition, 14 earned top medals in their respective fields.
Championship winners bringing home gold medals included Todd Heinrichs, Chester, in armwrestling; Manny Motto (235-game), Mariah Motto (246/handicap-game), and Brody Fayle (259/handicap-game), all of Deshler, in bowling; Jeff Kolath, Deshler, in shot put (32’8.5”); Caleb Maschmann, Lincoln, in 800 dash (2:11.72); and Cheryl Uhrmacher, Byron, in the 100 (17.6), 200 (36.93) and 400 (1:48.02) dashes, and the high jump (3’4”).
Silver medalists included Sequoia Heinrichs, Chester, in armwrestling; Manny and Mariah Motto (397-game), all of Deshler, in doubles bowling; Emmit and Justin Hintz and Manny and Mariah Motto (2677) in four-person team bowling; Caleb Maschmann, Lincoln, in the 400 dash (53.85) and Jeff Kolath, Deshler, in discus (97’7”).
And rounding out the medal winners was William Mick, Carleton, with a bronze win in the pole vault (12’6”).
Each year the county is well represented as amateur athletes take part in several of the offered competitions. The Cornhusker State Games ended Sunday, July 24.