Name: Katie DeVore
School: Mamaroneck High School
Sport: Track and field
Athletic accomplishments: On March 12, DeVore anchored the 4×800 relay at the New Balance Indoor Nationals to a national title in a time of 8 minutes, 58.86 seconds. That relay time is No. 7 all-time in the nation. In that relay, DeVore ran a personal-best 2:08.95. She’s been captain of the track and cross country teams for the last two years. DeVore will be running for the University of Pennsylvania next year.
Academic accomplishments: DeVore’s a straight-A student who scored a 31 on the ACTs. She’s going to be attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business. DeVore’s taking five AP and college-level courses. She’s a member of the National Honor Society. DeVore’s a Peer Leader at Mamaroneck High School. She’s a sailor and teaches young kids over the summer at Orienta Beach Club.
Getting to know Katie DeVore
The Journal News: What’s it like being a national champion?
Katie DeVore: Honestly, it’s unbelievable. In eighth grade, I remember we ran at Nationals and our relay came in eighth. There was a girl on my team named Amina Banks, who ran the open 800 and placed third. And at the time, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world because she got all-American and she placed third in the country as an individual. I was blown away and I thought to myself, “Wow, imagine if you were a national champion” and never would I ever had thought that I would actually be able to say that five years later.
TJN: How does winning the title give you confidence for the spring season?
KD: I think it gives us more confidence especially since we went into the race not at our best. Shari (Rauls), who was our opening leg, had been sick with the flu all week going into the race and hadn’t run until the day before. Even then, she was struggling. Then two days before the race, I fell, rolled my ankle on a rock and actually sprained it. I didn’t think we could pull off this win but we just rallied. We did our best and it worked out. I’m still in shock.
TJN: What’s the goal for the outdoor season?
KD: As a team, I know we want to do well at the Penn Relays, the Loucks Games, maybe the state meet as well. I know we want to do well individually, this winter we focused on the relay. I know I want to run my personal best of 2:08 (which was the split at Nationals) at an open 800 race. I know I want to run the mile. We’re going to have a spring season that’s fun and see how everything goes.
TJN: What made the University of Pennsylvania the right fit for you?
KD: I love the city of Philadelphia. It’s so fun and – a fun fact – it has all four major sports. I love sports and I’m a sports fanatic. I follow the Yankees and the Rangers. My dad (HL) went there. It meant a lot to him for me to want to go there as well. The coach, Robin Martin, is possibly the nicest man I’ve ever met in my entire life. I see him as a very good fit for me.
TJN: What do you want to study?
KD: I’m going to the Wharton School of Business so I’m majoring in the science of the economics, which I’m very excited about. In that school, you can pick a concentration, so I think I’m going to concentrate on finance and maybe entrepreneurial studies. I’m thinking about pairing with a minor – either psychology or computer science.
TJN: Why do you want to major in finance?
KD: I’ve always loved math. Ever since I was in fourth grade, I was excited when my teacher gave me a multiplication project. Wall Street and how the economic part of our world is something that’s competitive and I’ve always been a competitive person. I just think it fits my personality, it fits what I love, which is math. I’ve always wanted to be in the business world since I was in elementary school. I’m not sure what I want to do once I get there. All I know is I’m chasing what I love and I’ll see where I end up.
TJN: Why a psychology minor?
KD: You have to work with the insanity and make it work for you. I just think it’s very interesting. I like pairing it with a major like economics as my macroeconomics teacher has suggested. The study of people and what they do is a very cognitive subject. I think to be someone who’s that successful in business you have to have a full understanding of people and why they do the things they do. That’s psychology for you.
TJN: What’s it like being a peer leader at Mamaroneck?
KD: It’s one of my favorite things I’ve done in high school because I know that middle school to be a tough time for some kids and some more than others struggle. I remember when I was in seventh grade, my peer leaders were the coolest people in the world and they helped me so much with so many little problems and in middle school those little problems are big problems. It means the world to me that I can go down and talk to them about these thing.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.