Madia still going strong at age 85
Coal Center's Sam Madia is still going strong at the age of 85.
That was evident over the weekend in the U.S. Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md.
Madia competed in four events in the 85 to 89 age group and merited All-American honors in three of them -- 60 and 200 meter runs and the shot put.
He finished second in the shot put at 24 feet and nine inches, third in the 60 at 12.30 seconds and fourth in the 200 meters at 44 seconds.
Madia also placed third in the 400 meters at two minutes.
A former assistant wrestling and track and field coach at California University in the 1970s, Madia will be competing in the Dayton University Invitational and the Eastern Outdoors Championship at East Stroudsburg University, both in June.
The Indoor Masters featured 12 former Olympians and 58 current or former world champions, the most in the meet's 35-year history. More than 1,000 athletes competed.
Madia wasn't close to being the oldest in the event.
That honor went to 94-year-old Pennsylvanian Frank Levine, who was clocked at 29 minutes and 34.42 seconds in the 3,000 meters. He was the lone participant in the 90-94 group.
- Speaking of track and field, Monessen will be hosting an invitational meet Saturday with five other schools.
Joining the Greyhounds will be Washington, Frazier, Clairton, Beth-Center and Neighborhood Academy. The meet will start at 1 p.m.
- Roy Jones Jr. added another boxing title to his collection with a fifth round technical knockout of Omar Sheika in a hometown victory in Pensacola, Fla.
Jones' first knockout win since 2002 gave him the vacant NABO light heavyweight belt.
Jones' next fight may be in June against Jeff Lacy in Tampa.
Jones would move down from 175 to 168 pounds to go against Lacy, who's scheduled to fight Otis Griffin in a couple of weeks,
A June fight means Jones will probably be returning to Buzz Garnic's Round 2 in Coal Center to stay in shape
- And thanks to Tom Patterson, of Rostraver Township, who says the best way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket!