All-American. National Championship qualifier. 4-time IIAC Champion. School record holder.
These are just a few of the many prestigious honors that will follow Storm senior Dylan Kalinays’ name in the record books.
Nearing the end of his career, Kalinay has his sights set on qualifying for the outdoor national championship meet, but he’ll have to prove himself on the track first.
Simpson College hosted Central College and Nebraska Wesleyan in a triangular track meet this Saturday (4/21). At the meet, I covered Kalinays’ events, his thoughts on his running career and how he’s feeling going into the final stretch of his time at Simpson.
In the end, NWU won the meet, but Kalinay won all three of his events; 4x100m relay, 110m hurdles, 200m sprint.
Prior to the meet on Saturday, I met up with Kalinay to talk about how he was feeling nearing the end of his career at Simpson. He said he was trying to keep it out of his mind. He knows he still has a lot to accomplish on the track, so his mind is on running fast, not on how much he’ll miss his friends, the team and the Storm.
Here are the final results from the meet.
And now a little bit of personal reflection on my time at Simpson and Storm Athletics.
I’ve been writing for The Simpsonian, the school newspaper, for two years now. I have had the chance to do some things I never thought I’d do. I’ve interviewed All-American athletes, including Kalinay. I’ve interviewed the president of Simpson College (for a news story, of course). I’ve had conversations with coaches and athletes that invoked change on campus.
It’s a small world we live in. The last time I ran track was in high school at Vinton-Shellsburg. We were in the WaMac conference and ran against the same handful of teams at every meet. I didn’t know until this week that Dylan Kalinay, an All-American and mult-time National Championship qualifier, started just like me–in the WaMac conference at South Tama.
The people you meet being a journalist, writing stories that otherwise wouldn’t be told, are what makes everything worth the hassle.