What it takes Wednesday: Hard work has Chamberlain's Dominic Santiago finding rare air

By Rich Winter

By all accounts the 2019 Class A state track meet was a resounding success for then Chamberlain freshman, Dominic Santiago. Santiago qualified for state track in 4 events…

4X800 RELAY - DNP

Medley Relay - DNP

1600 meter run: 15th, 4:57.12

3200 meters: 18th, 10:59.49

At the state cross-country meet in October 2018, Santiago finished 21st - 17:23

A lot of freshman would have been satisfied with those results figuring they would just get better as they got older….Dominic Santiago isn’t most athletes and he didn’t take possible improvement lightly, spending a summer like he’d never done before.

“I started training legit the day after state track because I was determined this year that I wanted to move from top-20 to top-10 at state cross-country,” Santigao said during a Tuesday morning visit. “This summer I would just get out and run as much as possible, even if it was just a mile run, I would go run.”

Santiago has gone sub 17-minutes multiple times this year including Monday when he ran 16:54 to win the SESD conference, finishing 24-seconds ahead of Platte-Geddes’ Caden Tegethoff by 24 seconds. (Tegethoff was 13th in last year’s Class A state meet). Winner’s Kade Watson was third in 17:30, while Chamberlain’s Dedan Tveit (17:44) was fourth and Burke’s Jackson Liewer was fifth in 17:56.

The Chamberlain girls absolutely crushed the competition in the SESD meet and look like one of the teams that will contend for Class A supremacy at the state meet in a few weeks.

Santiago said his coach (Garry Winter) and his team/family have helped with the improvement this season.


Mr. Winter is all fun and games before and after practice, but during practice he has us focused and determined to beat our times in timed miles from the previous week, or to better our pace in our quarters for a nice evenly ran 5k.

I have a lot of younger talent following me and pushing me along the way too. Our second runner, Declan Tviet, is always pushing me and working with me at practice, along with Allison Hough pushing me on distance runs. The team is less of a team and more of a family. We all fight and argue but in the end we all push each other to be better athletes and people in the community.

Just two meets remaining on the Cubs schedule…

Region 3A, in Chamberlain on Oct. 17

State meet (Huron) October 26….