South Sound distance runners Marcus Dickson of White River and Lakes’ Izaic Yorks competed against the finest milers in the country at the prestigious Dream Mile event in New York City on Saturday.
Neither won — Bernie Montoya of Arizona placed first with a time of 4:01.32 — but both performed well. Dickson took fifth in 4:03.18 and Yorks, who entered the race with the nation’s fastest mile time this season, was eighth in 4:04.38.
Marcus Dickson and his fellow competitors in the Class 2A boys 1,600 meter state finals helped changed the perception of distance runners at Star Track 30
On a sunny and bright Saturday and Mount Tahoma Stadium, Dickson led a group of six runners that posted times faster than the 2A state meet record of 4:15.70 set by Mason McHenry of Sehome in 2007.
Of course, Dickson was the fastest, running a 4:10.79 to win his second straight title. But he was certainly pushed by Squalicum’s Patrick Gibson, who ran right with Dickson, until the White River senior pulled away.
“I’m the defending champion and I was hurting with one lap to go,” Dickson said. “Every time Patrick made a move, I tried to cover it. With like 200 meters to go, I knew my whole town is here, and we were going for a team state title, I just had to keep on driving.” Read more »