Jun 2, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorPAVILLION -- Dylan Lookingbill never ran a high school cross country race.
The 2014 Wind River High School graduate plans to change that next fall for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers.
Lookingbill signed a national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon with his parents and CWC cross country coach Al Lara on hand.
Lookingbill won the Class 2-A 110-meter hurdles title last week in Casper. He finished a close third in the 300-meter hurdles.
"I just wanted to get a scholarship for college and try something new," Lookingbill said. "My coaches thought that I would be great at it."
The 300-meter hurdles is one of the most grueling races in high school track.
"The big change for me will probably be the conditioning for it," Lookingbill said.
He is expecting run close to 40 miles a week in order to prepare for college cross country races.
Lookingbill also played football for Wind River.
"I just love competing and running," Lookingbill said. "I want to have a good time."
The Wind River standout couldn't have asked for a better finish at state track in Casper.
"It was a great feeling to win the state title, to finally go out with a big bang, and to surprise everyone for four years," Lookingbill said.
The 300-meter hurdles had a photo finish for the title.
"If you look at it, I was ahead with my head," Lookingbill said. "The rest of the kids turned their shoulders to get that part. That is how they beat me."
Lookingbill had a good idea the race was going to be tight.
"I thought that the finals was going to be head-to-head between two but not three," he said.
Wilson Clifford of Wyoming Indian was the first to sign on with the new CWC cross country program.
"I liked Dylan's attitude toward working out hard," Lara said. "That is what caught my attention."
Wind River athletic director Justin Walker was high on Lookingbill.
"In the short time that I have known him, I really respect Justin to make a good decision," Lara said.
CWC added the men's and women's cross country program to the campus lineup in April.
"We are going to have a few like that who are not really long-distance runners but going to come out for the cross country team," Lara said.
Lara scouted Lookingbill at the state meet.
"He told me that he was going to give me 100 percent, and I believe him," Lara said. "He looks like he is hungry to achieve his goal."
Lookingbill will start running with CWC on Aug. 1.
"With his training background, he is going to adjust just fine," Lara said. "He has a couple of months to get in some distance training. The rest will come."
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