Dickens Makes Final Trip to State with Sister by Her Side

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 05/21 2014 09:22PM

Updated 05/21 2014 11:31PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Over the past four years, Dayle Dickens has set the standard for LeBlond track.

"Dayle is just always the hardest worker," head coach Kim Huss said of her senior standout.

A qualifier in the 1600m and 3200m this season, Dickens is the first Eagles track athlete in the last decade to make the state meet all four years.

"It's a really cool accomplishment," Dickens said. "I'm a senior, so it's one last time. I want to go out and do my best and finish strong."

Dickens makes the trip with younger sister Jaclyn and fellow teammate Audrey Glenski.

Jaclyn earned a state qualification for the first time in her career on Saturday.

"That was probably the thing Saturday that I was most-excited about," Dayle said of her sister's success.

"I want to go to state every year, but I really wanted to go this year," Jaclyn, a sophomore at LeBlond, said. "I mean, my sister's a senior and this was my last chance to go with her."

The younger of the two Dickens earned a second place finish at sectionals reaching 5'2" in the high jump.

Jaclyn joins Dayle and oldest sister Ashley as the third Dickens girl to compete at the state meet.

"My family's very passionate about track, so it's a passion that we share."

"It's fun to see them get to experience it together," Huss said, "because it's something that regardless of the outcome they're never going to forget this. It's exciting."

Dayle's set herself apart throughout her career. The LeBlond senior posted a personal record in the mile (5:27) and two mile (11:51) at sectionals last weekend, and signed a letter of intent to run at Creighton earlier in the year.

Now after watching her older sister over the past three years, Jaclyn has some added motivation to make a name for herself.

"I've been there every year to watch Dayle which has made me want to go even more and not be a spectator."

Now with the state meet just days away, Dayle's hoping her final experience can be a memorable one with her sister by her side.

"We're just telling each other to have fun and do our best. It's really cool being with my sister, and then Audrey and I are really good friends. It's a good group and we're really excited. "

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