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Dukart’s use of positive motivation

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Jace Dukart runs the 100-meter dash during the Coca-Cola track and field meet on April 22 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

If a track and field athlete is going to be successful, slacking isn’t an option.

Especially if Dickinson senior Jace Dukart is watching.

Dukart is the sprints leader for the Dickinson High boys track and field team. He said the hard work was passed down from the previous seniors.

“I always make them work as hard as they possibly can,” Dukart said, as he pointed toward former Dickinson standout Austin Mack, who was training at the Biesiot Activities Center on Wednesday. “If they stop before the line, I tell them, ‘You have to finish that.’ I always make them do their potential.”

The Dickinson senior qualified in the open 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He’s also helped the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams qualify for the North Dakota Class A state track and field meet.

At the state meet, Dukart will run the 100, 200, 400 and 1,600 relay. He has the fourth-fastest time in the 200 at the Class A level with a time of 22.69 seconds.

“This season definitely went by quick,” Dukart said. “We didn’t have as many meets as we usually did. I’ve been happy with what I’ve done. I’ve done everything I could. I’ve worked hard every practice, every meet and did everything I could possibly do.”

Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said Dukart has the ability to make practice enjoyable, but serious at the same time.

“We keeps everybody loose. Yet, when it’s time to work, he’s working,” Schobinger said. “We doesn’t like to let those younger kids take it easy. He likes to push them. I’ve watched him throughout the year boost some kids’ confidence by what he says.”

Since Dukart reached the state meet during his sophomore season, he has placed at the state meet (five) times. His highest finish was runner-up in the 200 (22.18) in 2013.

Dickinson junior Carter Blackwell said Dukart’s hard work ethic helps push everyone in practice.

“Everyone knows he’s the fast kid on the team and nobody wants to look bad in front of him, so people push themselves to keep up with him,” said Blackwell, who is individually qualified in the 110 and 300 hurdles and long jump.