Despite missing time early in the season with a sprained right ankle, Brack Dillon had a strong finish for the Whetstone boys track and field team a year ago.
The then-sophomore represented the Braves in the Division I regional meet at Pickerington North, finishing ninth in the 400 meters (50.78 seconds) after having placed third (50.18) at the district 2 meet a week earlier at Hilliard Darby.
Dillon aspired to improve on those performances this year, but spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Now the rising senior is looking ahead to next season.
"I was trying to be in the state finals in the 400," Dillon said. "And I was planning on running the 200 and hopefully make it as far as I could in that ... but I guess we'll have to wait until next year to find out how I do."
Coach Joe Monda expects Dillon to have a stellar season next year and to establish a leadership role with the team.
"I have high expectations for all my seniors next year, with Brack leading the way," Monda said. "Brack finished 2019 with a lot of confidence. Brack has always practiced hard and with that confidence, I expect Brack to lead by example, to show the younger members of the team that being your best is not easy, it takes hard work."
Monda was particularly impressed with Dillon's performance in last season's City League meet, in which Dillon won the 400 (49.69) and teamed with Thane Nederveld, Emil Adams and Matthew Conroy to win the 3,200 relay (8:29.56) and teamed with Adams, Elnah Siaway and Hassan Sesay to win the 1,600 relay (3:26.45) as Whetstone finished third (74 points) behind Eastmoor Academy (115) and Walnut Ridge (80.5).
"When racing, Brack leaves everything on the track and he is willing to go out of his comfort zone, like last year where he was willing to run in the (3,200) relay at the City meet even though it might hurt his chances in the open 400 meter," Monda said.
Dillon, who also is a midfielder on the boys soccer team, plans to spend the summer preparing for his senior season in both track and soccer. To accomplish his goals in track next year, he believes he needs to work on his starts.
"I need to start going to the gym a lot more," he said. "Since this quarantine, I haven't been able to. But I've been doing some home workouts. I definitely need to work on my start more if I want to make it far in the 200, definitely more coming out of the blocks."
But whatever lies ahead for Dillon in his senior season on the track, he will be propelled by his innate desire to succeed.
"Nothing really motivates me. I just have a self-push that makes me want to win," he said.