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July 26, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two Northwest Missouri State University instructors came away with a lot of gold last month after competing at the Missouri State Senior Games June 10-12 in Columbia and the Iowa Senior Olympics June 17-18 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. David Easterla continued his dominance in the 70-74 age group, winning 15 medals at the Missouri games and 13 more in Iowa. Dr. Ted Goudge won 11 medals at the Missouri games and seven at the Iowa games while competing in the 55-59 year age group.
Easterla competed in nine swimming events at both competitions and won gold in all 18 events. His events included the men's 100-yard and 200-yard individual medleys; 50 and 500 freestyles; 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke; 200 backstroke and the 50-yard butterfly. In addition to swimming, he won gold medals in softball accuracy, football accuracy, football distance and softball distance, and silver medals in basketball free throws and the basketball "Around the World" event.
Goudge earned six gold medals at the Missouri games and four more at the Iowa games in events that included shot put, javelin, weight throw, hammer, discus and football accuracy. He also garnered silver medals in football distance and softball distance, and bronze medals in basketball free throws, basketball "Around the World" and tennis singles.
The Missouri State Senior Games and Iowa Senior Olympics are Olympic-style sports festivals for athletes aged 50 and above.
Easterla is a distinguished professor of biology at Northwest and teaches and advises wildlife ecology and conservation majors. Goudge is an associate professor of geography at Northwest and teaches and advises geography majors while specializing in sport geography.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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