Brownwood Lion long distance runner Dylan Person knows the pain and dedication required to compete at the highest level of track and cross country. Person has been named by as one of the top 100 long distance runners in the state at the Class 3A Division.

Person is coming off an eighth-place performance at the UIL Class 3A state cross country meet in Round Rock last November and finished seventh in the 1,600 meters at the UIL Class 3A state track and field meet in Austin in May.

The individual sports such as distance running require a high level of motivation and self discipline for the young athletes.

“The workload is very high during the offseason as well as during the season,” Person said.

A typical track workout, for example, will include interval training or speed work to build leg strength and their “kick” at the end of a race. This could consist of running 20 220s or 20 440s. This builds endurance and the fast twitch muscle fibers. In the offseason, runners focus on building an aerobic base of packing in long runs and building endurance.

Person’s favorite event is the mile.

“I enjoy the mile the most because it’s over sooner,” Person said laughing. “No, really, there is a lot of strategy involved in racing the mile. You have to know how hard to take it out, when to kick on the last lap, how close to keep the front pack in front of you.”

Person, who is entering his senior year, has unfinished business at the state track meet in Austin. “I finished seventh there in May. I want to get stronger this season and win it next May,” Person said.

Person posted personal bests this past season of 4.35.7 in the 1,600 meters, 10:13 in the 3,200 meters and 16:11 over three miles, the length of a cross country race.

Person is looking to improve on past performances and get a track and cross country scholarship.