Lincoln (July 20, 2019)—Fremont Powerlifter Glenn Mueller didn’t win a gold medal at the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Saturday, but he earned ovations with each successful lift and ultimately took silver in the masters 198 lb weight class. Mueller, 86, was talked into taking up the sport three years ago by his grandson. The masters category includes all lifters over 40.
Saturday was the Games’ busiest day of competition with action in 41 sports at venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Triple-digit temperatures led officials to shorten games and mandate water breaks in several outdoor sports, but officials reported no heat-related emergencies.
Blistering temperatures at track and field suited 2018 Athlete of the Year Jeff Hageman just fine. The 55 year-old Omahan continued his dominance of CSG sprint events with gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, extending his winning streak to 17 years in all three events.
Seventeen year-old Nate Kingston of Elkhorn took home gold medals for largest fish in three species, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass, in the shore fishing competition at Holmes Lake.
Cornhole made a successful CSG debut at Springfield Community Center with 68 participants. Annette Harris, of Kearney took the women’s singles gold. Miniature golf debuted at Adventure Golf with 30 competitors.
Action continues Sunday in 21 sports. The 35th annual sports festival for Nebraskans of all ages and abilities, with more than 10,000 participants, remains among the top-five State Games nationwide in participation.
The Sunday schedule and current results can be found at CornhuskerStateGames.com.