DeKALB – Marc Dubrick was never lacking for motivation in the final sports season of his high school career.
All the DeKalb senior had to do was look at the accomplishments of his future college teammates. Dubrick, who will be a walk-on at Missouri, didn’t want to be left behind.
“I was like ‘Wow look at all these times that they run and what my teammates run,’ ” Dubrick said. “I was like ‘I have to step up, I’m not going to be the slowest one. I want to make a name for myself.’ ”
Dubrick’s high school swim season lasted a week longer than usual when he qualified for the state meet as part of the DeKalb-Sycamore co-op’s medley relay.
In the past, Dubrick had continued swimming during track season with the YMCA, but this season he chose to focus exclusively on running after signing with Missouri.
The added mileage led to quick times right out of the gate for Dubrick. They progressively dropped and culminated with two personal records for Dubrick at the Northern Illinois Big 12 East meet last weekend, winning both the 3,200 and 1,600 titles.
Dubrick’s time of 9:19.82 in the 3,200 broke DeKalb’s school record by six seconds. It’s also the 14th fastest Class 3A time in the state, according to dyestatil.com
While Dubrick controlled the race at conference, he’ll face a loaded field at the Class 3A Huntley Sectional. In the 3,200, Dubrick will face three runners ranked in the Top 100 nationally.
Dubrick qualified for the cross country state meet in the fall, but will be looking for his first trip to the track state meet in Charleston.
“Those guys won’t mess around at all,” Dubrick said. “They’ll make sure to get the good time they need so I’ll just stick with them.”
Half-mile battle: Sycamore’s Dave Emmert and Kaneland’s Kyle Carter battled in the 800 at the NI Big 12 meet, pushing each other to personal bests. Carter finished in 1:54.46 while Emmert came in at 1:55.68.
Carter’s time is the fastest 2A 800 mark in the state this year while Emmert is fourth. They’ll get another chance to duke it out at today’s Class 2A Sterling Sectional and both should easily qualify for state.
Relay hopes: DeKalb’s young relay team of David Long, Dre Brown, Eriq Torrey and Drew Paszotta have aspirations of getting to the state meet.
To do it, they’ll likely have to get past Huntley or Rockford Auburn, both of which have run faster seed times than DeKalb.
Funny things can happen in relays though. This foursome can look to the Sycamore girls 4x100 relay team for inspiration as the Spartans were the fifth seed heading into last week’s sectional, but cut more than a second off their previous best and ran to a sectional title.