Age is just a number, ask Geneseo’s Mike Cherry. The 84-year-old has been at the Quad City Senior Olympics for 14 years and this year he has recruited family members to join him.
Cherry, her son, Mark, who lives in Anthony; LF; and sons, Mick Cherry, Geneseo; and a niece, Penny Stahl, of Dorchester, TX, also competed in this year’s Senior Olympics held at Augustana College on Rock Island.
Mike Cherry’s sister, Pat (Cherry) Stahl, Geneseo, joined Team Cherry for the first time this year and competed in the Senior Olympics Spelling Bee.
The physically fit octogenarian doesn’t just compete, he also wins and at the 2022 Olympics, Cherry won three gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal… He said that he was “proud of the fact that I can still do the high jump.
Mark Cherry won one gold and three bronze and Mick Cherry won one gold, three silver and one bronze. His niece, Penny, threw for three gold medals.
Team Cherry was cheered on by Coach Karen (Mark’s wife) and cheerleaders, Mary Jo (Mike’s wife); Teresa (wife of Mick); and Penny Stahl (daughter of Pat Stahl).
Cherry said it’s not just the number of medals he wins, but also the fact that several family members join him in the competition.
.. “There are always a lot of events to try at the Olympics,” he said. “And I like to try just about everything in the athletics division.”
When asked how he keeps himself in shape so he can compete in sports, Cherry said: “I’m busy all the time, gardening and woodworking and just busy. I don’t like to just sit still.
Cherry was also a standout athlete at Geneseo High School where he played football, basketball, and was on the track. He graduated in 1957.