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Notebook: 'No more failures' motto pushes Keller cross country runner Austen Dalquist
Austen Dalquist was tired of failing to meet his own high expectations. The senior Keller cross country runner believed he would qualify for state in cross country and track last season. He narrowly fell short in regionals for both.
So over the summer he skipped out on his usual track routine and hit the pavement like never before. He ran 60-70 miles a week, lifted at the gym four times a week, and added bike and swim workouts.
“The motto is no more failures,” Dalquist said. “Let’s just go get it.”
Dalquist has reaped the benefits of that extra motivation. He’s won every meet he’s entered this season, a perfect 5-0, with his most recent victory on Saturday at the Nike South Invitational in Houston.
Dalquist finished at 15:50, eight seconds ahead of South Lake Carroll’s Jacob Pickle. Keller placed third overall with 130 points. Keller coach Brian Zaring said Dalquist's success comes as no surprise.
“When he was a freshman, we knew that he was going to be special,” Zaring said. “He just had near-perfect running form and a work ethic above reproach. It’s really great to have your best runner also be one of your hardest workers and best leaders.”
Some of the top collegiate cross country programs in the country have shown interest in Dalquist, including Kansas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oregon and Ole Miss. But that decision can wait until his high school campaign is complete — one Dalquist hopes is marked by his first trip to state.
“I was just tired of all the failures and letting myself down,” Dalquist said. “I just really want to succeed and be the best I can be.”
Frisco schools win titles at Jesuit Classic: The Frisco Wakeland boys and Frisco Liberty girls earned first place team finishes Saturday at Norbuck Park in the Jesuit Classic.
Justin King (16:47, sixth place) and Cameron King (16:51, 10th place) led Frisco Wakeland to 76 team points, beating out second place Jesuit with 129 points. Frisco Liberty runners Kim Endo (19:33, second place) and Morgan Bennett (20:37, 10th place) were its top finishers en route to 59 team points, edging out Ursuline at 64 points.
Lovejoy back on top: The Lovejoy volleyball team is the top-ranked public school in SportsDay’s latest area 4A rankings, trailing only TAPPS power Bishop Lynch in the top 10.
Lovejoy, which has won five consecutive state championships, is on a 10-match winning streak. Its last two losses came against 5A powers Coppell and McKinney Boyd.
Lovejoy (27-10, 8-0) is unbeaten against 13-4A competition and is well on its way to a seventh straight district title.
Staff writer David Just contributed to this report.
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