The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Devyn Keith
School: John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year raced to the Class 5A individual state championship with a time of 16:08.90 this past season, leading the Patriots to second place as a team. The distance runner took second at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships in 17:10.10, and then finished 84th at the NXN Final in 16:05.10. Keith’s winning effort of 14:30.80 at the St. Joseph Invitational was the state’s fastest 5K among prep competitors this past fall. He captured the Class 3A individual state championship as a sophomore and junior in 2014 and 2015.
Academic excellence: Keith has maintained a 3.22 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s student council, spirit club and poetry club as well as a columnist for the student newspaper, he has volunteered as a youth running instructor, as part of Rotary International’s Interact club and on behalf of his church.
“He really has taken the John Curtis team to a whole different level of competition,” said Miguel Becerra, head coach at rival St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High. “He is a great kid. He’s very respectful, and the younger kids really look up to him as well.”
THE FUTURE: Keith has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Tulane University beginning this fall.