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    Dickson competes in senior games while battling cancer; Pitas wins bronze in long jump

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    Editor Doug McMurdo reports on news out of the Moab City Center, tourism, courts, change of government and more.
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    Andy Pitas, left, and Wendy Dickson compete in the World Senior Games in October. Courtesy photo

    The Huntsman World Senior Games Track and Field meet was held Oct. 14-16. Moab’s Wendy Dickson, right, won gold in shot put with the third best throw in the competition over the past 10 years, silver in discus and bronze in javelin and 100 meters. Andy Pitas, left, won bronze in standing long jump.

    The year was totally compromised by having Dickson treated for breast cancer starting in January 2019. The couple missed the Utah Summer Games for the first time in 30 years. “We usually start running the sand hill in April, but no training could be done until the beginning of September,” said Pitas. “Forcing too fast resulted in a serious ankle sprain for me, and my training was totally curtailed.”

    In spite of 100-degree-plus days, Dickson was able to, in great discomfort, train, said Pitas. She had lost 20 pounds as a result of therapy, but what was left was muscle and bone, thus some good results. Dickson has a 95 percent chance to survive her fight with cancer, he said.

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