Lind finishes 23rd at State; Houser Gunning for Next Year

  • Written by Derek Johnson
It had been Dustin Lind’s long-time goal to break 16:00. And at the recent State meet in Pasco, he finally did it.
The senior Falcon runner closed out his prep career with a time of 15:54.
“I told him if he wanted to do it right, I would teach him how to do it,” Woodinville coach Frank Shuck said. “And he executed it perfectly.”
cross countryWoodinville's Dustin Lind (Photo by Derek Johnson) Going back to last summer, Lind trained to the point of obsession. According to Shuck, Lind had been so meticulous and precise, that he forgot to run for the sheer joy of it. 
“I tell the kids, you’re not running for a grade, you’re not running for a 4.0 GPA,” Shuck said. “I don’t care what place you get. You’re running to express who you are with your running.”
During this fall season. Shuck noticed that Lind would look at his watch after one mile -- then freak out if he was going too slow or too fast.
So Shuck asked him to run without his watch. “What if you didn’t know what your time was?” Shuck said. “What if you ran against your opponent?”
“The word competition, if you look at the original root, it means to seek together,” Shuck said. “Wouldn’t it be cool if a person on the other team helped you get to your goal? What if both of you benefited? If it’s beneficial for both of you, everyone wins.”
The State meet at Pasco brought a nice moment between runner and coach.
“After the first mile and a few hundred meters, Dustin came past me and smiled,” Shuck said. “And I told him, `You’ve got it now! It’s not mine, it’s yours!’”
Woodinville’s other top runner, Luke Houser, did not compete at State.
“Luke could have run, but we did some risk-benefit analysis,” Shuck said. “He’s a junior and is going to be a senior next year. He is a Division-I athlete. I talked to his parents and some of my mentors, and decided it’s not worth it. He had a really bruised bone on his foot. Let’s say he reinjures that bone and has to have surgery. And so now he’s out 90 days or six months. And track starts up in March. Wouldn’t you rather have somebody completely healed and training, than to be back to square one?”
Shuck also mentioned a female Falcon showing great promise.
“Elyn Lee is an up-and-coming freshman,” he said. “She missed going to State by one place. She was 15th, and she needed to be 14th. She’s a very nice young lady. She’s got a good future.”

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