Senior Tucker Dahle starts cross country practice by taking a few laps around the track in Bearcat Stadium with his teammates. Dahle feels as though he has improved and learned more about himself as a person, athlete and friend while being at Northwest.

Tucker Dahle, senior cross country and track and field athlete, has found who he is not only as an athlete, but as a person at Northwest. 

Coming from St. Joseph, Missouri, Dahle found a second home in Maryville. During his recruiting process coming out of high school, he fell in love with Northwest the minute he stepped foot on campus. 

For Dahle, the academic opportunities, atmosphere and the chance to compete in cross country and track and field appealed to him. 

“The team had just come off of competing at a national level when I was being recruited,” Dahle said. “I felt the program was going in the right direction and all the guys were well-rounded.”

Dahle is going into his senior year in both sports, but with the MIAA canceling fall sports, he does not know whether he will be competing in his last year of cross country. 

“It was tough to hear the news of fall sports being cancelled, or even postponed to the spring,” Dahle said. “Luckily, I will be able to compete in track and field when the time comes in the spring.”

Dahle has improved his running ability during his time at Northwest. Competing in regional and national tournaments allowed him to showcase his talents among some of the best runners at the Division II level.

“Culture was established early on when I got on campus, allowing me to know my role and what I needed to do to get better and help the team,” Dahle said. “I feel I always needed to perfect anything I could so that when it came time to compete, I would let it all play out.”

With athletics set aside, Dahle is a bio-psych major and hopes to pursue a career in that field upon graduation. In his studies, Dahle has been able to meet and interact with people from all different backgrounds.

“I feel I have improved in being an athlete and as a person in general,” Dahle said. “I have learned more about myself here in Maryville as a person, teammate and a friend, meeting people from all different backgrounds and allowing myself to learn and grow.”

With the fall season of cross country being put on hold, Dahle and his teammates are still able to practice and push towards a possible cross country season in the spring. Practices started back up the week of Sept. 7. Throughout the upcoming weeks, coach Brandon Masters looks to put the team in the right direction for the spring. 

“Practices are starting now, and as a team, we are looking to put a lot of miles on legs this fall,” Dahle said. “We will be able to focus on event specific stuff and get prepared for what is coming in the future.”

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