Dylan had added three more state titles to his resume after winning the 800 for the first time and defending his 1,600, and 3,200 meter championships on the track this spring. The Mooreville High School distance standout picked up his cross country training this off season. "It's been much harder and I've been adding more miles per week," he said. "I felt like I was in better shape than I had been in."
Dylan started having breathing problems right before the first meet at Myrtle. He won the race in 16:43.55, the third fastest in the Magnolia State this year, but he was soon diagnosed with an upper respiratory and sinus infection. Allen continued to train, but had an off week racing. A perfect time for his body and immune system to build themselves back up, right? His mom, Candi, thought the week of antibiotics and decongestants would help, but Dylan only got worse.
Fighting through the illness, he competed in the Tupelo XC Invitational nearly collapsing at the line in second place. "After almost collapsing during the race Saturday due to severe dehydration, bronchitis, protein in his urine and elevated white blood cells, we rushed him to the doctor and he was given two bags of IV fluids and an antibiotic shot," his mom said. He tested average on a spirometry test based on his height and weight, one the doctor noted that as an athlete in good physical shape, he should've tested above average. The family continues to stay positive that no further tests will be needed and he will be to himself in no time."
"He had always accepted any challenge and gives 150% every time," Candi said. This is definitely something he can't just push through because breathing is more important than the legs and talent during a race." Missing his home meet at Mooresville High School was tough this past weekend, but his health caused another scared. They spent half the day at the Tupelo ER with Dylan having a temperature of 102 degrees. "They sent off the extensive test of EBV which is the actual virus that detects mono and will tell us if he has it or has had it and he may just be trying to get over that. He usually rests a day or two then starts training again and this is what happens... fever, fatigue, problems with his throat," she added.
The doctor at Le bonheur, said it is mandatory that he does not run or practice and have any physical activity for two weeks. With the state meet a little over a month away, Allen is optimistic about the future.
"I should've been smarter and taken more time off but I am very thankful it isn't my heart giving me problems," he told us. "After having all of these health problems come up like they have, I just plan on doing my very best and hope to run well at the state meet and at Footlocker."