Dickson, Pitas compete at Huntsman games

The Huntsman World Senior Games track and field meet was held Oct. 16-18, in St. George — and two local athletes took honors in the track and field events.

Moab’s Wendy Dickson won bronze in the 50-meter and 100-meter races for women age 75 to 79. Dickson’s husband, Andy Pitas, took gold, anchoring the 4×100-meter relay, and took the championship spot for an 11th straight year in the standing long jump.

Injuries played a major role in other event results for Dickson, who had arm pain that hindered her throwing abilities in the javelin, discus and shotput. For the first time in 21 years she did not medal in those events.

Pitas also tore a hamstring three weeks before the games and lost conditioning because of the long layoff. Pitas told The Times-Independent he “passed on the long jump to avoid reinjuring and had subpar performance in the 50-meter [and] 100-meter [events].”

Even though Pitas won the standing long jump, it was the shortest jump of his career at the games.

Dickson and Pitas are being proposed for the Huntsman World Senior Games Hall of Fame. The duo has earned a total of 122 medals in 21 years of competing.

ByBy Greg Knight

The Times-Independent