Sicka earns 1A state medal as Crest runners compete

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

 

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Yates Center High’s Dylan Sicka (1000) focuses on moving up during Saturday’s Class 1A state cross country meet in Wamego.
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Crest Highs Italy Loving (198), at left, and Dustin Davis-Jones (201), at right, competed in Saturday’s Kansas Class 1A State Cross Country Meet. Davis-Jones led the Crest boys to an eighth-place finish as a team.

WAMEGO — It was not the season Dylan Sicka thought he would have as a senior. Sicka finished second in the Kansas Class 2A state cross country meet as a junior.
He continued his workouts over the summer and ran faster in his first race of the 2009 season. Then it all went wrong for the Yates Center High senior.
“Mentally, I tried to stay positive every time the physical problems flared up and the illnesses set me back this season,” Sicka said following his final race of his high school career on Saturday.
Sicka battled through the season and made it back to the state cross country meet. This year he was competing in the Class 1A boys’ state race at Wamego.
Same course but different competitors to race against.
“The plan was to try for a top 10 finish. I knew I wasn’t fully back to challenge for first,” Sicka said. “At the two-mile mark, I was 18th and I caught and passed four runners down the stretch. I’m happy with the state medal and that was able to recover enough to get back to state.”
Sicka earned the 14th-place medal in the 1A boys’ race. He ran the 5K distance in 19 minutes, 16.22 seconds. For his top-20 placing, Sicka received Class 1A All-State honors.
“Just before the race I told Dylan how proud I was of him and how he has set a very high standard for all the future runners at Yates Center High to measure themselves by,” said Kevin Barnes, YCHS head coach.
“Then finally I told him he had nothing to prove to anyone but himself. His response was ‘this is my last race, so I am going to give it everything I have.’”

Running in the same race were five sophomores and one freshman from Crest High School. The Lancers were in their first state cross country meet. No individual boy from CHS had been to state before 2009.
“We were the only boys’ team made up entirely of underclassmen,” said Tisha Hug, CHS cross country coach. “We initially thought we could place a little higher but the experience the boys gained will prove to be very valuable as a young team.”
The Lancers finished eighth as a team out of 12 teams in Class 1A. They scored 143 points Greeley County edged Ness City for the 1A team championship, 24 point s to 25.
The top finisher for the Lancers at the state meet was sophomore Dustin Davis-Jones in 18:43.09 for 24th. Sophomore Trevor Holman ran 31st in 19:05.8 and freshman David Womelsdorf was 78th in 21:13.00.
Chris Brallier was 84th in 21:59.29, Cole Bowen was 90th in 22.31.65 and Jory Ramsey was 91st in 22:53.25. All are sophomores.
“I’m proud of how they have worked all season and how hard they competed at state,” Hug said. “Some were disappointed with their performances because of nerves and some dealt with illness the week prior.”

Crest High junior Italy Loving ran in her third straight Class 1A girls’ state cross country race. She finished the 4K race in 29th in 17:55.11.
“That was Italy’s best time of the year. She competes hard, runs with a lot of heart and makes the most of her size,” Hug said.
Ness City’s Colton Mc-Ninch and Kyle Calvin went 1-2 at the state race. Mc-Ninch won the title in 17:12.15 and Calvin was second in 17:15.01.
Winning the 1A girls’ individual championship was Rachel Renken of Downs-Lakeside High in 15:55.12. She edged out Naomi Reeh of Bird City-Cheylin High in 15:57.44.