Former Utah State distance runner Dillon Maggard was recognized by FloTrack as one of 47 of "The Best Kicks of 2018" during the 2017-18 indoor, outdoor and cross-country seasons for his first-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Long Beach State-hosted Beach Invitational, where he ran a time of 3:45.26.
The native of Kirkland, Washington, recently competed at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Washington, where he placed 15th in the finals of the men's open 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:58. Additionally, his Brooks Beats Track Club finished second with 63 points behind Tinman Elite Track Club's 53 points.
Maggard concluded his stellar Aggie career as a nine-time All-American. He matched the school record previously set by James Parker, who represented the United States in the hammer at the 2004 Olympic Summer Games and 2005 World Championships.
Maggard earned five first-team All-American honors alone during his senior season with Utah State – two each during the indoor and outdoor seasons and one during cross-country. Maggard guided the cross-country program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, where he placed sixth overall and the team finished 27th.
Utah State then tied for 28th, along with five other schools, by scoring eight points at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Overall, it was the best team finish since 1977, when the Aggies tied for 21st.
The Aggies earned four points from the senior-laden, fifth-place distance medley relay team made up of Maggard, Jordan Beutler, Brady Martin and Clay Lambourne. That quartet set a school record with a time of 9:32.31. The following day, Maggard earned four more points after his fifth-place finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:06.69.Comment on this story
The Aggies wrapped up the season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. USU scored 15 points and tied for 18th, along with Penn State.
Maggard accounted for nine of those points as he placed third in the 10,000 meters with a school-record time of 28:38.36. Just two days later, he finished sixth in the finals of the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:57.40.
The Aggies open the 2019 indoor season at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 11-12, in Nampa, Idaho.