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Story last updated at 6:05 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Adickes finishes 25th at state meet

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

They wouldn't let him run on his handmade rubber-soled shoes, but that didn't stop him from qualifying for State. While the other athletes tied up the laces of their Nikes and Asics, Dan Adickes simply pulled the Velcro over his FiveFingers toe-shoes and gave them a wiggle to make sure everything was in place.

"There is something in the rule book that says I can't run with my homemade sandals, so I got the FiveFingers. They give me a better running technique. Besides I have never done well in meets with spikes on," said Adickes.

In his senior year, Adickes was the only Homer High representative at the cross country state championships held in Bartlett last Saturday. Racing in the Boys 4A Class, Adickes placed 25th overall against 87 other runners with a time of 17:18 minutes.

"I feel like I would have done better if the team was there with me. They help me stay motivated, and I like playing Frisbee and soccer with them to get warmed up before races," said Adickes.

The Boys 4A Class, as the fastest class at the meet, also was the most competitive. The ribbon-breaker was Kuba Grzeda of West Valley with a time of 16:01, and nearly every runner thereafter finished within seconds of the previous.

"I felt Dan ran a very strong race on a tough course against the best runners in the state. He finished in the top third overall in the Boys 4A Class which is very respectable," said Head Cross Country Coach Bill Steyer.

Coach Steyer, Dan, and his parents traveled to the Bartlett course on Saturday, while his teammates were cheering him on at home. Two teammates up for a good dare buzz-cut their heads to show support for Adickes.

"We have been telling Dan since we were freshmen that we would buzz-cut our heads if he made it to State. This was the first year he qualified so we did it," said Dylan Faulkner. Faulkner and teammate Connor Mccarron were a shock to their mothers' eyes after the two, with Adickes, played with clippers the Friday before the race.

"I was supposed to have a buzz cut, but it kind of got messed up so we ended up shaving it all off," sighs Adickes.

With State over, Adickes can now get back to concentrating on all four of his Advanced Placement classes, calculus being his favorite. He has his chances set for attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall.

So what is next for this young Phidippides?

Adickes wastes no time answering the question, "I want to run a marathon."