DeKALB – Marc Dubrick first visited the University of Missouri for a swim meet before he was 10 years old.
Now the DeKalb senior will make the Southeastern Conference school his home for the next four years as a runner.
Dubrick signed his letter of intent to run for Missouri on Tuesday in front of his friends, family, teammates and coaches at the high school. DeKalb senior Danielle Dlabal also signed her letter of intent to run at Northern Illinois University.
Dubrick will start as a walk-on at Missouri in the fall after graduating this spring.
“It’s a really good school,” Dubrick said. “[Missouri cross country coach Joe Lynn] has a really good eye in seeing potential and I really like that about him.”
Dubrick was named the Daily Chronicle Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year as both a junior and senior. He finished 93rd in the Class 3A state cross country meet this year, completing the 3-mile course at Peoria in 15:21. He also was the first boys runner in DeKalb cross country coach Mike Wolf’s 15-year tenure to earn two trips to the state meet.
“Marc drew attention to himself right as a freshman,” Wolf said. “Consistently through his four years he has just improved, improved, improved.”
Dubrick took an official visit to Missouri in the winter and was convinced soon after to commit to the Tigers. He also was considering Illinois State and Southern Illinois, which would have given him partial scholarships.
Dubrick was a three-sport athlete throughout high school, participating in cross country, swimming and track and field. Along with his running exploits, Dubrick also qualified for this year’s state swim meet as part of the DeKalb-Sycamore co-op 200-yard medley relay.
While primarily a swimmer up until high school, Dubrick focused his training on running over the past few seasons to give himself a chance to run at the collegiate level. Now for the first time in his life, Dubrick will be solely dedicated to running after having swam for the past 13 years.
“It’s going to be really different. I’m used to waking up at 6:30 a.m. and having swim practice,” Dubrick said. “Now it’s just going to be running. It’ll be a big change, but I’m excited for it.”