Scots duo stays on path to State
November 18, 2019
While the Carlmont boys were unable to qualify for State as a team, two runners were able to push through, breaking PRs and securing their spots at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships.
Going into Saturday’s meet, Sam Jones, a junior, and Aidan Dimick, a sophomore, felt a combination of excitement and nerves as they lined up against the white starting marks.
“I definitely felt nervous because this could have been my last race of the season and I didn’t want it to be,” Dimick said. “I wanted to keep going.”
The two boys planned to stick with the same technique they used throughout the season.
“Sam and I have been running together the whole year so going into every race we wanted to stick together and work off each other so that’s what we did,” Dimick said.
Jones shared Dimick’s sentiments.
“By sticking together, we kinda used each other’s energy, like mental energy, to just keep going and that’s what got us through the finish line,” Jones added.
As the race progressed it became harder for Dimick to breathe; however, by sticking behind Jones and making sure no one got between them, the two boys were able to secure third and fourth place for the Scots.
“The whole time I was really excited because when we were up there [in the lead] I was like, ‘If we finish well here then we’re going to make it to State,’” Jones said.
Jones took the lead for Carlmont, breaking his own PR with a time of 15:26, a shocking 36-second drop from his previous record.
Dimick soon followed, setting his own PR with a finishing time of 15:27.
“On the boys’ side, we were hoping to make State and we came up a little bit short, but Aidan Dimick and Sam Jones both qualified for State as individuals,” Lilygren said. “So that was the secondary goal: to at least have the individuals qualify.”
Jones and Dimick are already making plans to continue their training and Lilygren predicts the two will run around a 15:50 to 15:40 and hopefully set a new PR.
The two Scots will compete for CIF State Championships next week on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park, Fresno.
As far as next season goes, the Scots look particularly strong on the boy’s side. Despite losing seniors Caleb Metzler, Max Hariri Turner, and Aidan Truel, four out of the top seven runners will return next season.
Lilygren also notes that there are a number of underclassmen who will be moving up and have the potential to secure a spot at State next year.