Pasadena Senior Games Competition spices up in second week

There was a certain significance to the second week of action of the 20th annual Pasadena Senior Games, which was highlighted by golf and cycling.

The cycling competition, held at Long Beach’s El Dorado Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, served as both a regional championship and a state time trial for the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland.


To qualify for Cleveland, an aspiring athlete needed to finish in the top four of a respective age class. At competition’s end, 148 athletes out of the 209 that participated advanced.

“This was a great two-day event and the weather cooperated,” said Duncan Lemmon, co-commissioner of the cycling competition. “El Dorado Park was a great venue and we witnessed some great racing.”


The age groups were broken up into five-year increments, while the competition included a 5,000-meter, 10K, 20K and 40K run.

Some athletes, such as Jodie Roe on the women’s side and John Huber on the men’s side, qualified in each distance

It was Huber who turned in the top 5K time of 8 minutes 12.9 seconds, while Kurt Bickell notched the best 10K (14:46.8) and 20K (30:23.6) marks and Greg Page was the leader in the 40K with a time of 1:04.9.5.

On the women’s side, Sheridan Bentson turned in the best 5K (9:39.8) and 10K (19:58) marks, while Barbara Gicquel was No. 1 in the 20K (40:43.7) and Roe was strongest in the 40K (1:19:18.7).


Monday’s golf competition at the par-71 Brookside Golf Course featured considerably fewer athletes than cycling.

Santa Monica’s Louis Bon turned in the top effort in the scratch division, shooting a 75 to win the men’s 55-59 age group.

Harry Bobbitt, a resident of unincorporated Pasadena, turned in the area’s top non-handicapped score of 79, which placed him second in his 65-69 age group behind Arthur Law of Oceanside, who carded a 77.

“I was happy with my results, I kind of lucked out,” Bobbitt said. “When the low man shoots a 77 and you’re two shots behind, that’s pretty good.”

Pasadena resident Gerald Lehmer turned in the only local win, capturing the handicap division of the 80-84 range with a 73.

One of the senior games’ largest events was track and field, which took place on June 2.

Both 71-year-old Tom Johnson and 76-year-old Martin Tangora proved the biggest winners, as each was a four-time victor.

Johnson, who competed in the 70-75 age group, won the 50-meter dash in 7.81 seconds followed by triumphs in the 100 (14.48), 200 (30.52) and 400 (65.95).


Tangora took the gold in 75-80 age range in the 100 (16.36), 200 (34.74), 400 (1:32.07) and in the triple jump (21 feet, 9 1/2 inches).

Overall, Kenneth Gross, 92, proved the oldest male winner, as the sprinter took home multiple titles in the 90-95 age class in the 50 (14.17) and 100 (30.07).

On the women’s side, 67-year-old Andrea Winkler may have turned in the most dominant effort.

Winkler won every event in which she competed in the 65-70 range, taking the 50 (13.18), 100 (26.71), 200 (59.07), 400 (2:07.75), 800 (4:50.10) and 1,500 (9:25.91).

Johnnye Valien, 87, was the most senior of female winners when she claimed the discus in 27-5.

“Track and field is always one of the biggest events and great successes at the senior games,” Games organizer Cynthia Rosedale said. “It’s one of our marquee events and the participation and success is great.”