Winning is nothing new for John Curtis distance runner Devyn Keith. A dominating fall proved that the junior was Louisiana’s best in cross country’s three-mile races.
Keith wasn’t satisfied with his effort at the LSU High School Indoor Classic on Saturday at the Carl Maddox Field House, but he still proved he’s awfully good at some of the shorter runs too.
“I didn’t do near what was I was trying to do today,” Keith said. “I was hoping to qualify for a couple of (national) meets that are coming up. But I will say (racing) beats training any day..”
Keith helped open the meet by winning two events, the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 29.76 seconds and the 800 meters in 1:59.42. He was the only competitor to crack the two-minute barrier, an impressive feat in the year’s first indoor competition.
Those finishes netted Keith the Outstanding In-State Boys Track Performer at the annual meet, which attracted competitors from several states.He was the only double winner.
First Baptist Christian’s Gabrielle Jennings, who won the girls 1,600 meters in 5:09.12, was selected the Outstanding In-State Girls Track Performer.
The distance duo were two of the three New Orleans-area winners on the day. Edna Karr’s Edward Davis won the 60-meter dash in a sizzling 6.99 seconds. Davis’ victory came on a day when out-of-state competitors had their share of wins. St. Scholastica’s Ellen Feringa won the girls 3,200 in 11:42.34, while Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones won the 800 in 2:21.59.
No team totals were kept and many Louisiana competitors skipped this early meet, opting to wait instead for two later qualifying meets. South Florida-based Hallandale High won six events to lead the out-of-state contingent and garner two top individual awards.
“It’s definitely tough to have a meet like this so early,” Keith said. “After cross country, I like running the shorter distances. It’s a good change for me.”
The two 400 meters champions, Oliver Alexandre of Hallandale and Kayla Heard of Florida’s Young Achievers Track Club, claimed Outstanding Out-of-State Track Performer honors.
Two freshmen took home in the Outstanding In-State Field Performer honors. Lafayette’s High’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis won the boys pole vault with a leap of 16 feet, 1-inch, setting an indoor age-group record and Zachary’s Kristian Jackson was the winner in the girls shot at 40-3.
Hallandale’s Aisha Nelson provided the only record mark. Nelson tied the Maddox prep record by winning the high jump in 5-8.
Nelson was the girls Outstanding Out-of-State Field Performer. Long jump champion Jaykree Ramsey was the Outstanding Out-of-State Field Performer for the boys.