Eddie Shaw (front center), flanked by the rest of the competitors in the one-mile recreation walk, was on familiar ground in the event at Old Brownlee Park in Bossier City. She grew up on the property when it was a cotton plantation.
Just say Eddie Shaw had a home field advantage in the NW La. District Senior Olympics one mile recreation walk.
“We used to live right over there,” said the 81-year-old Ms. Shaw, pointing to a vacant expanse of Bossier City’s massive Old Brownlee Park. “This was all the Robert Whitaker Plantation and my mother was a cook for the people who owned the land. As children we would walk and play all over this area.”
The parish recreation department and parish school board later became owners of the 50 acres which has been transformed into a modern, well-appointed park area with pavilions, ball fields and walking paths. It was on one of those walking paths that Eddie Shaw covered a mile’s distance in 19.5 minutes for second place in the 80-84 age bracket which was won by Olivia Lewis (19.2).
Faye Scroggins in the 60-64 division had the day’s best mile time (16.4), ahead of Ruby Thomas (17.2) with Betty Dark and Beth Thomas crossing the finish line at the same time (22.2) for third.
Gary Price and Jo Ann Blasingame each covered the 5K distance in 41.1 to claim the gold.
Here are the full results:
One Mile–50-54 Shelia Hunter (18.3), Robert McNeil (31.0). 60-64 Faye Scroggins (16.4), Ruby Thomas (17.2), Betty Dark and Beth Thomas tie (22.2). 80-84 Olivia Lewis (19.2), Eddie Shaw (19.5). 85-89 Dora Hullaby (22.0), Luvenia Edwards (22.1).
5K–Jo Ann Blasingame and Gary Price tied at 49.1 each. Doyle Blasingame 53.4.