Senior Carrick Denker has continued the Dana Hills tradition of having some of the fastest runners in the state of California. With a personal record of 14:23, Denker is one of the fastest runners Dana has ever had. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the boys team competed at the Orange County Championship meet where the most skilled teams in Orange County come to compete. The boys team had won this meet the past four years in a row and were looking for another championship.
Within the first mile of the race, Denker felt a stinging sensation in his hand. Denker commented, “Someone pushed me into a metal stake and smashed my hand into it. At first, I did not feel anything. I was surprised to look down and see blood squirting out of my hand and onto my whole body.”
When asked about how he was able to persevere and finish the race, Denker said, “I figured that if I really could not finish, I will pass out before I will quit. Quitting never came into my mind.”
Through grit and determination, Denker finished the race for his team. Despite having a gaping whole in his hand, Denker still placed third overall and ran a time of 14:44.
After finishing the race, Denker went to the medical tent to temporarly wrap up his wound. Denker later got rushed to the emergency room where he received 11 external stitches and 1 internal stitch.
After treating his hand, Denker rushed back to the meet, and he was back in time to celebrate the team’s first place finish once again for the fifth year in a row.
Through this race, Denker showed how committed he is to not only his sport, but to his team and coaches. When asked how the cross country season was going as a whole, Denker commented that, “In the beginning of the season, we were very underrated as a team. Now, we have proved ourselves and are ranked high in the State and have a good shot at the National meet.”
The boys have very important upcoming races soon, and they are well prepared. The team has CIF Finals this weekend and are ready to make a big statement. With a leader like Carrick Denker, the boys have great potential to do very well at CIF Finals and the state meet.
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