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Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at Special Olympics events

Amador Valley hosts regional track and field, volleyball competitions

Hundreds of athletes filled the Amador Valley High stadium and gym as the Pleasanton school played host to this spring's Special Olympics Northern California track and field and volleyball regional competitions.

Drawing competitors from throughout the region, the April 30 events featured strong performances from the local athletes on Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) teams.

The RADD Roadrunners earned more than 20 medals during the track and field competition, with 17 gold, three silver and one bronze.

"The athletes practiced every week leading up to the competition, and their hard work showed in the medals they earned," coach Kay King said. "A wonderful event with lots of great smiles."

Pleasanton RADD Roadrunners competed in a variety of track and field events, including the 1500-meter, 800M and 400M runs, the 100M and 200M dashes and the 50M, 100M, 400M and 800M walks, as well as relay races, TurboJav (javelin throw) and softball toss.

Inside the Dons' gym, RADD athletes also notched high finishes during the volleyball competition.

The RADD A team went undefeated en route to winning a gold medal. The RADD B team took fourth place.

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