John Curtis senior Devyn Keith was a lot of things when he stepped up for the 4×400 meter relay on Saturday night.He was excited about running the final event of the LHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, tired from running three races earlier that day and nervous about the fact only .5 points separated the Patriots from nine-time defending indoor champion Catholic High going into the final event of the evening.
But most of all, Keith was angry.
“The fact I had run three races, one of which I anchored and brought us back to first place and the other two I won, it just kind of made me mad they were still that close even after I did all of that,” Keith said. “I was just like, ‘I’m going to go out here and whatever else I have left, that’s what I’m going to show them.”
Keith did more than just show Catholic what he could do. He blew away the competition in the final event of the meet, anchoring John Curtis to a time of 3 minutes, 25.17 seconds and besting its next closest competition by almost seven seconds.
The win also secured the last few points John Curtis needed for its first Division I indoor state championship, defeating Catholic 78-71.5.
The final event was Keith’s fourth time to winner’s podium on Saturday, including wins in the 1,600 meters, 800 meters and 4×800 meter relay.
One of the few close races Keith ran was in the 800 meters, when he edged St. Paul’s runner Eric Coston by less than a quarter of a second.
Coston would have to wait until the 3,200-meter race to win his title, doing so with a Division I record time of 9:25.44.
In total, the John Curtis boys won six events.
“We knew we would be standing toe-to-toe with (Catholic) all night,” John Curtis coach Preston Curtis said. “We felt like if we had a shot to make it come down to the 4×400, we were confident in our training and we knew our guys were ready to go get it.”