Dashiell medals at MSO '22

Wally Dashiell of Stevensville throws the javelin during the Maryland Senior Olympics Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Prince George’s County Sport Complex in Landover. Dashiell won the gold medal in the 95- to 99-year-old group, qualifying for the next National Senior Games to be held in Pittsburgh in June 2023. She said, “If I’m able to go, I’ll be competing in the 100-year-old division.” Dashiell will turn 100 in 2023.

LANDOVER — Stevensville’s own, Senior Olympian Mrs. Wally Dashiell competed Saturday, Aug. 6, in the 95 to 99-year-old division of the Maryland Senior Olympics, held at the Prince George’s County Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, qualifying for the National Senior Games to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, next June. She did so by winning the gold medal in the javelin throw in her age group. Dashiell have been competing in the Sr. Olympics since she was in her 60s, first starting out as a competitive swimmer, but transitioned to track and field events, saying, “I felt bored just swimming. There were more events in track and field!”

Today, she holds nearly 20 senior state track and field records. Some go back as far as the 1980s, when she was in her 70s. Recently reminded of the records she recorded when in her 70s, she quipped, “Was I ever 70-years old?”.

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