Folsom man, 84, going for gold

By: Matt Long
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George Waxham isn’t getting any younger, but he’s staying as active as he can. The 84-year-old retired teacher and school administrator in Roseville keeps in shape through the sport of track and field, as he’ll compete in the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week at Sacramento State. Waxham will be going for gold in several events, including the triple jump, long jump, shot put and 50-meter dash. Waxham is coming off the Western States Invitational Senior Games, also held at Sac State, where he won the gold medal in his age division in the triple jump and long jump. Waxham tripled jumped 12 feet, 3 inches and long jumped 7’2”. He took the silver medal in the shot put at a distance of 25 feet and was second in the 50 meters in 10.2 seconds. “I think I have a good chance at winning the national championship in the triple jump,” Waxham said. “I’m battling a sore quad right now, though.” Waxham stays in shape by taking hour-long walks throughout the week. For sprinting practice, Waxham usually visits a local track.