PDT Sports Editor
HEBRON — Representing Piketon High School, Kane Dixon and Zack Varney competed Saturday in the OHSAA Division II State cross country meet at National Trail Raceway.
Out of 149 participants, Dixon finished 26th and Varney was 61st. Dixon crossed the finish line with a time of 16:50.08 while Varney finished at 17:14.81.
While all contestants were forced to battle the elements, Dixon was feeling under the weather during the competition.
“I don’t know if I was fully 100 percent,” Dixon said. “I felt a little winded and at the two minute mark, my eyes started rolling and I couldn’t keep my balance. I knew it wasn’t good.”
During his junior year, Dixon has battled some health issues at different competitions.
“Some of the meets I got sick and I just kept my head down, which is why I didn’t do so well,” Dixon said.
Dixon knows what areas he needs to improve on to take that next step.
“Stay healthy obviously,” Dixon said. “I need to run to my full potential all year, not just once in a while.”
Despite feeling under the weather, Dixon acknowledged the experience he garnered will help him in future events.
“The different race style is obvious,” Dixon said. “Everyone tries to get up front to get going, they try to set a good pace at the beginning.”
Dixon knows he must keep his emotions in check for future events.
“I need to try to stay within myself and not get to pumped up,” Dixon said. “Just get ready to run, don’t go out to fast or to slow. Just keep your head up and don’t worry about it.”
Varney and Piketon coach Greg Shepherd were unavailable for comment after the race.
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