Mike Young, left, and Logan Reardon
Mike Young: Track
Young, a Wood River resident, has spent the last 40 years competing on some level in track and field.
After retiring as East Alton-Wood River’s full-time sports announcer, he decided to use his newfound spare time competing in track and field events at a higher level. After earning a scholarship for track to SIUE, Young hadn’t competed on a serious level in track and field events but always kept his feet in prime form by working with the EA-WR track and field team and racing high school and college-age men in the Wood River Summer series.
In 2012, Young competed in the Illinois Senior Games and qualified for the National Senior Olympics in Cleveland in 2013. Young brought home a gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay, a bronze in the 50-meter dash, and sixth place in the nation in the long jump.
In June, Young traveled to Mizzou to compete in the Missouri Senior Games and once again qualified for the 2015 National Senior Olympics in Minneapolis. He qualified in the 100-meter, 200-meter, long jump, 50-meter dash, and will defend his gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay.
“I competed with a pulled hamstring in Cleveland and since then I’ve healed up and even lost around 20 pounds,” Young said. “I’m working hard and have had such great support from my wife, Denise, my Sunday school class at Maryville Baptist Church and my family.”
Young will be competing in Winston-Salem North Carolina at the USA Track and Field Masters Championships this weekend.
Logan Reardon of Roxana Community High School: Baseball
A senior at Roxana Community High School, Reardon has made a name for himself as a solid hitter at the plate but is also a force to be reckoned with on the mound for the Twin City Junior Legion Post 1167 baseball team.
Before being selected to last week’s 2014 Junior Legion All Star game at the GCS Park, Reardon took the hill for the second game of a doubleheader against the Alton Legion Team and went seven innings, giving up three hits, one earned run and claimed 10 strikeouts.
Reardon has maintained a 2.00 earned-run average while achieving a batting average over 3.80.
“Reardon pitches against all the tougher teams in our league,” Twin City coach Dave Ufert said. “He definitely has a tough assignment this season.”
Twin City, 25-6 for the season and 10-2 in the district, has a solid hold on first place.
“Coming into this season, we knew that Logan was going to be our No. 1 guy on the mound,” Ufert said. “Right now we are standing out in the district with how good our pitching has been this season.”