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Dallas 350 has been a meteoric 4-way rise for two of the members. Scott Levy and Lucas King first went to the USPA Nationals in 2009 on an intermediate 8-way team. Just four years later their 8-way coach, Ron Hill, would become their Dallas 350 team mate. Ron Hill was coaching the 8-way team, and at the same time in Dallas Scott Latinis and Ron Hill were on the Dallas Rogue 8-way team and took Scott Levy and Lucas King under their wings. Both wanted to try out for Rogue, but Rogue had strict requirements to be considered.
You needed an Open Class 8-way medal, or a 15+ average at USPA Nationals in 4-way. Rogue only lasted two years. When that team disbanded, it provided an opportunity for Lucas King and Scott Levy to try and grab members of the Rogue team as coaches for a new project.
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The next year, the duo finally managed to get Ron Hill as the player coach. The 4th member of the team was Greg Mirkin who had been team mates with Ron Hill's wife Heather. The new team had an aggressive plan, as they wanted to be qualified for Scott Latinis' and Ron Hill's next 8-way project, and that meant they needed a 15-average.
The plan was aggressive, going from a 9.8 average to 15+ and the team knew it would have to be a multi-year project to make it. The training was going well, the first match-up between SpaceLand Lite and Dallas 350 happened at the Dallas Super Cup in August 2013.
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350 actually had a good first day as shown by the Texas rivalry with Spaceland Lite. 350 was up by five points going into round seven.
The second day did not go as well for 350. A bad exit in Round 8 cost the team five points in that round and was tying up both teams. 350 then lost that Round 9 to the Texans from down south by one point. Round 10 brought a brain lock, and six more points were lost for 350. Dallas 350 had gone from a 5-point lead to seven points down in three rounds. But this was not the last time these two teams would meet...
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Lite as a complete team was not available to compete due to Christy West's medical issues, so there was no direct head-to-head competition in 2014 until the USPA Nationals.
Dallas 350 had a good year in 2014 winning every meet they attended, including two TSL meets and the USPA Nationals in the AAA/Advanced Class with a 15.1 average, where Lucas King and Scott Levy finally got their 15-averages.
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There were several training days that had to be called early, so they could rest their shoulders and avoid surgery. The teams shoulder issues along Ron Hill's new hobby of aerobatic flying led to his decision that it was time to leave the team: "I would have loved to continue, but between the travel, trying to avoid shoulder surgery, and the new hobby I just had to leave".
Dallas 350 grabbed yet another former Rogue jumper with Jim Rees for the 2015 season. Jim Rees took the challenge of learning the OC slot, and with no training started the year at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2015 with a 17.7 average. The next competition was the Dallas Super Cup, and 350 won with a 14.2 average. The USPA Nationals 2015 will be the next competition between Spaceland Lite and Dallas 350. In the Air, the Texas teams are tied at two a piece: "I think both teams are planning Nationals 2015 to be a tie breaker..."