Sports Roundup

By Edd Merritt | The Charlotte News

Josephs lead Vermont into tennis championships

CVU sisters Kathy and Stephanie Joseph who helped the Redhawks take state titles for the last few years now have led the 802 Tennis Academy team to become the U.S. Tennis Association’s New England sectional champion. Their victory earned the team an invitation to the Junior Team Tennis Nationals to be played in South Carolina in late October. This year’s Vermont team competed in the 18-advanced division. They beat teams from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut on the University of Massachusetts’ courts.

Flo Meilor sets a world record

Eighty-one years old and still going strong, Shelburne’s Flo Meilor appeared in The New York Times on Aug. 16 after setting a world record for her age group in the heptathlon at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Lyon, France. The masters level takes athletes 35 years and older, puts them into age groups and has them compete in heptathlon events over a two-day span. In the 81-84 age group, Flo competed in seven events including hurdles, 200- and 800-meter runs, javelin, high jump and shot put. She was quoted in The Times saying she came to Lyon because she had been “wondering if there was something more to an athletic career.” She has been photographing senior athletes for the last eight years, “curious at first to understand what motivated older athletes, and then intrigued by the competitive spirit I saw.” Flo is a visitor to the Charlotte Senior Center and showed off her pole-vaulting skills at a Town Party several years ago, clearing the bar at near 10 feet behind the Fire Station.