LAKEVIEW — Dillon Wood is going to have a busy week.
The Lakeview track runner will be getting ready for two big meets that are happening this week.
The first will be the Daily News Invitational at Greenville High School today. The second will be the Division 3 state finals on Saturday.
Wood will compete in four events at the state finals, including his favorite event, the long jump.
“It was kind of a surprise,” he said. “I knew I could do it but I didn’t know if I could do it that day.”
Wood credited his success to the competition he had to face at regionals.
“Just being in a bigger meet, more competition, more people with faster times,” he said. “We beat the school record in the four-by-two (800-meter relay) so that definitely pushed us. The four-by-one (400-meter relay), that was our first time doing that together so that pushed us.”
Wood qualified for the long jump, the two relay events and the 300 hurdles.
Wood has heightened expectations for his third trip to the state finals.
“I want to win state,” he said. “I’m seeded first right now, but that’s just the seeding. I want to go there and have a good day and win state.”
Wood is hoping for a state title in the long jump.
“I want to win state in the long jump,” Wood said.” This is my third year going to state in the long jump, hopefully placing three in a row. Anything else will be the first time.”
The relay events will also have Joe Main, Kyle Ringlever and Zach Tanis as his team members.
But first comes today’s Daily News meet. He and his other Wildcat teammates will be there, and he’s looking forward to it.
“Long jump is my main event and I’m defending my record in that,” Wood said. “In the other events, we just want to run our best times, maybe get a PR (personal record).”
The Daily News Track Invitational is an individual event with eight schools in all participating.
“We have a lot of good individual athletes,” Wood said. “As a team, we’ve come together. We’re not up there with the top seedings. As for the relay teams, I think we’ll pull off some good times at The Daily News meet and at state.”