Dickinson ready for home meet
In the early stages of the season, Dickinson High cross country head coach Brittany Messer is worried about only one factor.
So far, the Dickinson High boys and girls cross country teams have done more than just compete. The fruits of their labor are being noticed around the state.
"They stepped up in Jamestown during the first meet of the season and I couldn't be any happier with how they did," Messer said. "I just want them to get out there and compete. That's what they did."
The Midgets have three runners ranked in the top 10 and the girls -- as a team -- are ranked fourth in the state.
Dickinson senior Shannon Stockert, who is currently seventh in the state, said the reason for the being in the ranks this season is due to the tough summer workouts. Emily Tyrell, a junior, is ranked eighth in the state.
"We trained really hard this summer," Stockert said. "We just got it in our minds that we wanted to do better than the past years as a team and we are really motived this year."
The lone Dickinson boys runner in the top 10 is junior Jackson Binstock, who is currently in second behind Fargo Davies' Brandon Scheel.
However, the meet which has been in every Dickinson runners' mind is its lone home meet, the Becki Wells Invitational beginning 9 a.m. today at the Heart River Golf Course.
"We want have a good showing at our home meet, but the expectations are to go out there and continue to compete," Messer said. "We want to as a team and run as a pack."
Binstock has been pleased how the boys team has progressed. The team's workouts right now include speedy training, instead of running a ton of miles.
"We are doing shorter and harder workouts," Binstock said. "The guys have been keeping up and working really hard."
Stockert said the upperclassmen and underclassmen have been working really well together in search for their ultimate goal -- a top five finish at the state meet.
"If we keep continuing to get stronger as the season goes on, we have a good chance of placing in the top five in state," Stockert said. "As seniors, we all want to do our best this year and make it count. The younger girls are really stepping up."