2012-13 Dispatch/Argus Area Boys' Runner of the Year: Monmouth-Roseville's Devin Clark


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Originally Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 8:21 pm
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By Chris Steele, chrissteele@qconline.com

Monmouth-Roseville senior runner Devin Clark was determined to be his very best.

Before Clark had his driver's license, he rode his bike the 15 miles to the Titans' summer practices in Roseville to make sure that he continued to improve.

"I wouldn't ride fast," Clark said, "but I could feel it in my legs during runs. It was worth it."

All that effort earned the senior All-State honors with a 17th-place finish (15:19) at the Class 1A state meet, plus one more accolade -- being named The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus Area Boys' Runner of the Year.

What surprised you most about this season?
"The amount of time that I dropped from sectionals to state. I had a 26-second drop from sectionals to state to run 15:19. My goal time was 15:30, so running that time was pretty exciting considering I finished 17th and earned All-State."

If you could restart your cross country career from the beginning, what would you change?
"I think I would try to get more people involved. Cross country is a great thing to have in your life because it teaches you a lot. I'd enjoy passing that along to other people."

What was the moment that you will never forget?
"This season's state meet. I think I'll remember that forever. The feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing that all the years of work payed off."

What is it about cross country that you enjoy?
"I enjoy running itself. To be able to do it with friends and develop relationships along the way. Then to run against some of the best in the area at the state is satisfying."

What's a moment with your teammates that you will never forget?
"We had some runners that stopped to bury a dead turtle. They were able to keep it pretty low profile for a while, but when the coach found out, we had a lot of fun with it."

















 



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