Local athletes shine at Special Olympics event

Take home gold, silver medals at UC Davis competition

Ryan Butterly, Jennifer Thomas and Torren Pickett -- members of Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) team -- combined to take home two gold medals and five silvers at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games held June 27-29 at UC Davis.

Thomas, 27, who lives in Pleasanton and works at Safeway, earned gold in the TurboJav event (javelin throwing) and silver in the 200- and 400-meter runs.

Pickett, a 39-year-old Pleasanton resident who works at Mountain Mike's Pizza, took silver in the TurboJav and 100-meter dash and earned a ribbon in the 400-meter run.

Butterly, 19, of Livermore ran his way to gold in the 800-meter and a ribbon in the 400-meter. He also took home silver in the TurboJav.


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