June 2, 2009


Full slate of Senior Games events set

The 2009 Empire State Senior Games have survived financial concerns and will get underway this morning when tennis players take to the SUNY Cortland courts.
Tennis is among the 23 sports being contested through the weekend as the annual event returns to town, centered around the SUNY Cortland PER Center where senior athletes from throughout the state will be arriving to register for their various events.
While budget cuts in the state will keep the Empire State Games in July from being held this year, the Senior Games were brought back to life following an earlier postponment (see story on front page). For the past eight years Cortland has hosted the event, this the 27th consecutive Senior Games competition overall.
The chase for gold, silver and bronze medals in various age groups will take place in the following sports:
Archery: Chugger Davis Field on the SUNY Cortland campus will host the event, the 65-and-older age group getting started at 10 a.m. Friday while the 50-64 age group shoots at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Badminton: The SUNY Cortland Park Center will be the site for singles play on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. Doubles tandems will do battle on Thursday at the same starting time, with mixed teams in action at noon.
Basketball: Corey Gymnasium in the Park Center building will host the three-on-three, half-court competition. The women are tentatively slated to tip-off Friday at 3 p.m. with the men getting underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Bowling: Cort-Lanes on Tompkins St. in Cortland will again host a large field of bowlers over four days. Singles squads will roll-off on Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 a.m., with the doubles competition on Friday adn the mixed doubles on Saturday.
Bridge: The Cortland Hall of Fame Room at the Park Center building will host the bridge players at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Cycling: Green Peak in Virgil is the site for cycling competitions on Saturday. A 5K time trial is at 9 a.m., with a 10K time trial at 11 a.m. and a 20K road race at 2 p.m.
Golf: There is a new golf site, as the Green Lakes State Park course in Fayetteville will host the two-day event. Golfers teed off this morning, with a second round Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
Handball: Handball is a Saturday only affair at the PER Center, scheduled to get underway at noon.
Horseshoes: The Tri-County Horseshoe Club in Groton once again will act as hosts on Wednesday, with women competing at 10 a.m. and the men taking over the pits at 1 p.m.
Orienteering: At the front door of Lusk Field House on the SUNY Cortland campus there will be a 9:30 a.m. mass start for competitive runners, with recreational and non-competitors permitted to start informally some 10 minutes laters.
Pickleball: The ever-growing sport of pickleball, a variation of badminton and tennis played with a whiffle ball, will be on Park Center courts. Men’s and Women’s Doubles begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., Mixed Doubles is Thursday at the same time and Men’s and Women’s Singles will be Friday morning.
Ping Pong: The J.M. McDonald Sports Complex on Fairgrounds Drive in Cortland will host the table tennis contestants on Saturday. Men’s Singles started at 9 a.m., Women’s Doubles at 10:30 a.m., Women’s Singles at 1 p.m., Men’s Doubles at 1:30 p.m. and Mixed Doubles at 2:30 p.m.
5K Race/Walk: The 5K Race/Walk Event governed by USA Track and Field Association rules takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday near the PER Center. Racers should arrive a half-hour before the start to pick up their numbers.
Racquetball: The courts at the Park Center will be busy on Friday when singles and doubles play gets underway on noon.
Road Race: There will be two races run over the SUNY Cortland campus, with a 5K event starting at 8 a.m. Thursday and a 10K race at the same time on Friday. Runners again should report a half-hour prior to the start.
Shuffleboard: Lusk Field House is the site for three days of shuffleboard competition, which begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will have squad times running until early in the afternoon.
Softball: Though the men’s softball tournament has been canceled, the women will compete Saturday and Sunday on the Beaudry Park diamonds in Cortland. Play starts on noon Saturday and resumes at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Swimming: Holsten Pool at the Park Center will host swimmers on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. The 70-100 age group swims on Wednesday, with the 50-69 age group in action Thursday.
Tennis: Play in singles began this morning, with doubles taking over this afternoon. Singles and Doubles will also be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on Wednesday when Mixed Doubles will also be held.
Track and Field: The SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex track will be buzzing on Friday and Saturday, with events slated to start at 9 a.m. The 100-meter dash, long jump, high jump, javelin throw, 400m run,hammer toss and 1,500m run are on Friday’s agenda. The 800m run, pole vault, men’s shot put, discus, 200m dash and 1,500m technical walk race will be held Saturday.
Triathlon: This grueling event will actually be held on Saturday, June 20, at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, where competitors will do a 400-meter swim, a 20K cycling portion and a 5K run to finish up. The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration from 7-8 a.m.
Volleyball: Lusk Field House houses the volleyball competition that gets underway on Saturday morning, a 9 a.m. captain’s meeting followed by matches a half-hour later.