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Gose carries state flag at national games

Jul 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The longtime Riverton physician competes later this month at the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland.

Roger Gose of Riverton has been selected to carry the State of Wyoming flag in the opening ceremonies of 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

The games are set for July 19-Aug. 1.

Gose, a longtime Riverton physician, said he was overwhelmed when told of the honor.

"I was extremely flattered and bowled over," Gose said.

The other senior athlete carrying a Wyoming flag is Della Works of Casper.

"Della has been an institution of our Wyoming Senior Olympics. She has competed in different venues in different races," Gose said. "She has run marathons. She has just been there for years and years."

Gose said he will be one of 19 Wyoming athletes at the games in Ohio.

"Not all of them are in track and field," Gose said. "Some of them are in cycling, swimming and in other sports."

The national senior games take place every two years.

"I have competed once before at the national games four years ago in in Palo Alto, Calif.," Gose said.

At those games, Gose was warming up for the 100 meters when he pulled a calf muscle.

"The national senior games are really a big deal," Gose said. "There are over 13,000 athletes there."

Running the sprints

Gose is in the 70-74 age group.

He has qualified for the 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters and the 400 meters.

Gose is competing this week at the Wyoming Senior Games in Cheyenne.

"It depends on how I do in Cheyenne on what events that I will run at nationals," Gose said. "My knees are a little iffy. My guess is that it may be the 100 and the 200 meters."

The athletes receive medals for first, second and third places.

"The competition at nationals is clearly much greater," Gose said. "You really have to bring it. It will be a challenge. We all have these goals. I'm interested in giving it a go."

Gose said to be in the top eight in the 100 meters, he will need to run in the mid 14s.

His fastest race is 14.90. In the 200 meters, Gose has a targeted time of 31 seconds.

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