AMES, Iowa -- A pair of Freeman natives went to the USA Track and Field National Masters Track and Field meet and left as national champions.
Harriet Kaufman and her nephew David Ortman -- now residing in Seattle, Washington -- each won gold medals apiece and compiled a total of eight medals.
Kaufman, 79, won gold medals in the women’s 75-79 long jump with a leap of 1.85 meters and was also a member of the winning 70-70 4x100-meter relay team that ran 1 minute, 39.49 seconds. She also won a silver in the shot put (6.04 meters) and bronze in the high jump (0.85 meters) and triple jump (2.25 meters), along with a fifth-place finish in the 100.
Ortman, 66, was the 1971 Class B state champion in the 120-yard hurdles for Freeman Academy and showed he still had the jets with a win in the men’s 65-69 300-meter hurdles in 47.30 seconds. He also took silver in the 400 (60.54 seconds) and added a brone in the 200 (26.98 seconds).