Active and retired Fredonia letter carriers Gordon Haight and Tim Geiger were successful in their participation of the annual Empire State Senior Games at SUNY Cortland.
Haight, 65, competed in the men's discus with a surgically repaired shoulder, and finished with a throw of 32.9 meters for a second-place finish in the 65-69 age division.
Geiger, 61, participated in his 11th consecutive Senior Games. He competed in the men's 60-64 division and placed third in the 5K run at a time of 26:11. He was fourth in the 10K run at 55:20. He placed first in the 5K race/walk in 41:19.
In bowling, Geiger bowled a three-game set of 370, with a high game of 142. He placed second in a round-robin shuffleboard match and fifth-place finish in the javelin, 19th in the discus and third in the long jump. On the track, Geiger was fifth in the 50-meter dash, first in the 1,500, fourth in the 100, fifth in the 20, fifth in the 800, third in the 1,500, third in the 400 and first in the 4x100 relay. In all, Geiger competed in 16 events.
Overall attendance was down to 1,200 athletes, with this being a qualifying year for Nationals. In 2013, attendance was at 1,400. The Senior National games will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. next summer.
"The alarm over the rumor was if attendance does not drastically increase over the next three years through 2017, when the five-year contract expires between Cortland County and SUNY Cortland, then there is a highly-likely outcome that the games may be moved from its centrally located state position to that of Long Island and a much higher population base," Geiger said, noting the games are privately funded. "I hope to see many more of you seniors - ages 49 to infinity - in Cortland next year during the first full week of June, in order to appease and please the higher powers that be, so as to keep the games centrally located, where they belong."