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By Derrick Smith

Normally, high school students have a routine they follow. During their season, they practice and compete, while in the offseason, they train and condition and work in the weight room. Over the past year though, an athlete’s schedule has been anything but routine. Still yet, Dillon Callaway found a way to work through the uncertainty and still work on his sport.

“Schools have not been able to compete, seasons have been canceled, and society as a whole has struggled. I’m extremely grateful that we were able to compete this year," he noted. "In a world that has changed so much, running has always been a constant, whether it’s having a long run with a buddy or hopping on the treadmill at home. It is a way for me to unwind and escape from the things happening around me. Sometimes you just have to let your legs do the running, your mind do the pacing, and your heart do the pushing.”

Callaway is a member of the Bixby High School track and cross country teams. Along with running for the two teams at BHS, Dillon is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, National Technical Honors Society, and Skills USA. He attends Tulsa Tech for the TV-Production and plans to pursue a future in videography. 

There have been many people that have had an influence on his life as an athlete as well as a person; but Callaway says there is one person that has made a bigger impact.

“One of my most influential role models would have to be my dad, Justin Callaway,” he stated. “He has taught me to set high expectations for myself in all situations of my life, and to do what’s right, even when no one is watching.”

Success for Callaway has not come without work and dedication, but he knows it will be worth it. 

“Being successful in running means to be dedicated in every aspect, whether that be on or off the field,” Callaway said. “It has taken countless hours of training, analyzing, and a tremendous amount of mental toughness to compete in this sport. Most importantly, I continued to work on my own race and not compare myself to others." 

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