Dowling Runner Has Transformed into One of State’s All-Time-Best

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Like Bruce Springsteen, Dowling student Ryan Schweizer was born to run.

Passed down through generations, Schweizer has transformed into one of the state's all-time best.

“It’s hard to believe four years ago I was a freshman and running my first meet in state, and it just flew by,” Schweizer said.

Schweizer may have grown up in a family of runners, but that wasn't his first love.

“I never thought I’d be a runner. I was a big basketball fan, baseball, soccer football. So, I never thought I’d play a sport where I’d be running with a baton that I’d hold in my hand. It’s definitely worked out,” he said.

“Worked out” would be an understatement.

"He's as good as I’ve ever seen,” his coach, Ryan Van Veen, said. “Some coaches have been around longer than me, but he’s special."

Three years ago, Schweizer was the only freshman in Iowa to qualify for state in both the 800 and 1600.

“He’s been good from day one, but he's never been satisfied with where he's at,” Van Veen said.

Top Five as a sophomore and then a breakout season as a junior. Four state titles: 800, 1600, 3200 and Medley Relay.

“After sophomore year, I realized my potential and started focusing and training,” Schweizer said.

"Obviously, he’s uber talented. All the physical tools to be successful but what makes him successful is what’s inside. He's very driven,” Van Veen said.

Nowadays, it’s hard to find a stat or record someone hasn't already accomplished.  Well if Schweizer can match what he did last year in the 8, 16, and 3200, he will be the first high school boy to ever win those events back-to-back years.


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