Lloyd and Audrey Kempf of Woonsocket recently returned from the National Senior Games, which were held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Almost 14,000 athletes competed in the 20 different sports, which made it one of the biggest multi-sport events in the world. Competition was tough with athletes from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries.
Lloyd Kempf came away with a silver medal in the 50-meter and one in the 100-meter races. Both the gold winner’s time and Lloyd’s time in the 50-meter broke the old national record. He also won a gold medal in the hammer throw, a fifth-place ribbon in the pole vault, and a sixth place in high jump.
Lloyd was a member of an 85-plus year-old team in basketball that received a silver medal. As the youngest member of the team, he was called The Kid.
Track and field and basketball competitions were held over a five-day period.
Audrey Kempf received a fourth-place ribbon in the hammer throw and the high jump, and an eighth-place ribbon in the discus throw.
Senior Games are a good way to stay active. South Dakota holds several local games throughout the state, including the Huron Senior Games that will be held Aug. 9-10.
For more information about these games, contact Howard Bich, Executive Director for the S.D. Senior Games, at 605-491-0635 or LaRon Klock at 353-8533.