The Dixon High School Track teams were awarded with eight Academic All State athletes.  Three of those athletes qualified for the Class 2 State Track Meet in Jefferson City this year.  
The honor is awarded by the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.  They are nominated by their teams head coaches.  In order to be selected they have to achieve a 3.6 GPA, 25 ACT score, or an 1150 SAT score.
"One of the most important aspects of a well rounded athlete is how well they do academically.  It can be the difference in what college they go to or how much money their college is willing to give them.  That's why receiving an academic all-state certificate is such an honor."  Tim Levine of the MTCCCA and Head Hazelwood West Boys Track and Cross Country said.
Senior Kammy Bennett was awarded her second Academic All State Team honor this year.  She was also awarded the honor for cross country.  Bennett will attend Ozark Technical College in Waynesville Missouri this fall.
She is a three time state qualifier in Cross Country and one time 1600 Meter qualifier in the 2016 Track Season. Bennett has been an All Frisco League Champion during Track in multiple events and is a two time Girls Frisco League champion in cross country.  She was also a leader on the 2015 & 2016 Girls Frisco League Championship Teams.
“Kammy is one of those athletes you don't get everyday.  With everything she does academically she gives her best in practice.  I am very proud that she is part of our team.” Head Track and Cross Coach Jim Brown said.
Senior Jonathan Barber earned his first Academic honor.  He will attending Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida this fall.  Barber also plans to throw for the track team in the spring.
He was a state qualifier for the 2017 season in the shot put.  Barber placed 16th in Missouri at the Class 2 State Championship Meet.
“He was one of those kids who kept working to make himself better and better.  It all came together his senior year and it paid off.” Brown Said
Senior Marquis Gantt has earned multiple awards at Dixon High School.  He has been a state qualifier in Golf and Track.  He is attending Missouri State in Springfield Missouri in the fall.
He was the the Frisco League Track Meet MVP for 2016 and 2017.  Gantt has excelled in every sport he has played.  He had been All District, All Sectional, and conference champion in more than one sport.  He qualified for the 2017 Class 2 State Track Championship in the Triple Jump.  Gantt placed 12th in MIssouri at the state meet.
“Marquis has been a great leader to the teams he has been part of.  He would go out of his way to team junior high kids and prepare them for high school.”  Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach Allen Hilliard said.
Senior Mason Hindmon was selected for his first time as Academic All State.  He will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology this year for ROTC.  Hindmon also plans to participate on the Track team as a walk on this winter and spring.
“He just kept working on getting better.  He was a leader on our relay team as a senior.  He would do what he could for the team.” Brown said.
Junior Maggy Lloyd was selected for Track and Cross Country this last school year.  She will return to the Bulldogs next year as a leader on the team.  Lloyd does may after school clubs and activities after school.  She plans on running track and cross country in college after high school.
Lloyd is a member of the 2015 and 2016 Girls Cross Country Championship teams.  She is also part of many Frisco League relay teams over her career.
“Maggy has been a quiet leader.  She has help a lot of younger runners improve and will be one of the cross country team leaders next year.” Hilliard Said.
Senior Jacob Ogle is another two time All Academic athlete.  He was selected in Track and Cross Country this last school year.  He plans to goto college at Ozarks Technical College in Springfield Missouri this year.
He was part of the second place boys cross country team as the Frisco League Cross Country Meet.  He was a thrower for the bulldogs this year.  He set many personal records this season.
“Jacob is one of the best teammates we have had in track in a long time.  He will do whatever was necessary to help his team.” Brown said.
Sophomore Zoe Parker was awarded for the first time in track this year.  She will return next year to the bulldogs with two more years to improve.
Parker was part of a good girls team this year.  She placed well in districts but missed the sectional meet by less than a foot in the discuss.
Parker was also the Lady Bulldogs Top Points Scorer for the 2017 Season.
“Zoe is a great young athlete for the tigers. She has stepped up during the season to help the team when needed. Next year she will be a vital leader for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs team.” Hilliard said.
Junior Lindy Sharp was a newcomer to the Lady Bulldogs Track and Cross Country programs this year.  She was on both Track and Cross Country All State Academic teams. She will return to both teams next year as of the leaders next year. After high school she plan on attending college and running cross country.
Sharp was a member of the 2016 girls Frisco League Cross Country Champions.  She was also a member of the Lady Bulldogs 4x800 Meter Frisco League Champions this year in track.
“Lindy really came into her own this year.  She was a leader as far as the distance girls go.  She did great academically and will be a valuable member next year.”  Brown said.
“We are very proud of the athletes this year.  Being All Academic is a very tough thing to do. It means they sacrifice several things to focus on grades to keep them up.  It helps to produce leaders.” Hilliard said.