Moab woman sets new records at Utah Summer Games
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Andy Pitas (back row, second from left) and Wendy Dickson (back row, third from left) pose on the medals podium at the Utah Summer Games with Harold Ragin and family of Alpine, multiple medal winners and, Pitas said, “newly met friends.” Courtesy photo
Andy Pitas (back row, second from left) and Wendy Dickson (back row, third from left) pose on the medals podium at the Utah Summer Games with Harold Ragin and family of Alpine, multiple medal winners and, Pitas said, “newly met friends.” Courtesy photo
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Two Moab residents earned multiple medals in masters-level competitions during the Utah Summer Games track and field competition June 28 and 29 in Cedar City.

Wendy Dickson won four gold medals and broke two records, which she had set previously, in the process. Dickson, 71, was the sole competitor in all four events this year. She broke the Summer Games distance record for her age division in the discus competition with a throw of 15.98 meters. Dickson also broke the Summer Games record for her division in the 100-meter dash with a time of 23.87 seconds.

Dickson, who was the top U.S. finisher at the World Senior Games in October 2012 in javelin, shot put, and discus, winning bronze, silver and gold in those events, also won gold medals in javelin and shotput at this year’s Utah Summer Games.

Andy Pitas won silver medals in the 100-meter and long jump competitions in his age division at the Summer games. He said he is in the process of rebuilding his left knee using stem cell treatments and is unable to compete at top form quite yet.

Pitas, 70, is the current record holder in several Utah Summer Games events, including the long jump competitions for men age 60 to 64 and 65 to 69, and the 100-meter dash for men age 60-64.

“The best aspect of all these competitions is the friendships and camaraderie they encourage,” Pitas said.

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