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Abilene hosts Special Olympics track meet

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ABILENE, Texas - More than 280 children and adults braved the chilly temperatures and north breeze to compete in the Special Olympics Area Track Meet on Saturday.

Athletes competed in events like the long jump, shot put and walking and racing races at Wylie High School's Bulldog Stadium.

The track meet is the second biggest Special Olympics event of the year for athletes in the Big Country.

To qualify for the annual meet, athletes must be at least eight years old and have spent at least eight weeks training for their events.

Competitors 12 years old and up could qualify for the statewide track and field competition, the Summer Games, at UT-Arlington from May 26-28.

Deputies from the Taylor County Sheriff Department also accompanied athletes during the event.

Virginia Scarcella was the Games' oldest athlete at 76. She competed in the 10 meter wheelchair race and tennis ball throw.

Special Olympics provides opportunities for more than 58,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Texas to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

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