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Waxham wins gold

By: Matt Long
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Folsom’s George Waxham is a national champion. Waxham, 84, won the triple jump in the 80-84 age division at the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week at Sacramento State. Waxham triple jumped 13 feet to earn the gold medal. He also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 7 feet. Along with gold and bronze medals, Waxham also earned a national championship patch. “I’m proud of that,” Waxham said. “I had planned to run the 100, but my quad wasn’t up to it.” Waxham pulled his quadriceps muscle in his right leg a little over two weeks ago and though it didn’t keep him from jumping, it did keep him out of the running event. With the national championship meet behind him, Waxham said he would continue to ride his bike for exercise. “Riding bike is the best exercise for me because it keeps my heart rate up for a longer period of time,” Waxham said. “I can’t run long enough to keep my heart rate up so that’s why I ride.” Waxham, a retired teacher and school administrator in Roseville, 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. Waxham started teaching in Roseville in 1954. He was principal at Kaseberg Elementary and Sierra Gardens in the late 1950s and 1960s and then taught at Kaseberg and Cirby Elementary Schools before retiring in 1986.