By ERIC X. VICCARO
PARK HILLS — Noted Ste. Genevieve senior distance runner Devin St. Clair recently made it official, joining the Mineral Area College track and field and cross country programs.
“Devin has been a true leader for all of the distance runners,” Ste. Genevieve head boys’ track and field coach Corey Samples said in a telephone conversation with the Herald.
Samples said all of the other athletes have looked up to Devin St. Clair, which in turn has served as a means of motivation for the Dragons.
St. Clair was on the Dragons’ 4×800-meter relay team that finished fourth at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 state meet.
The foursome blazed in with a time of 8 minutes, 18.25 seconds — one of five schools at the state meet to run the 4×800 in less than 8:19.
St. Clair said he looked at several options for university-level running before ultimately deciding on MAC.
“I eventually decided to go to MAC because I think it’s a good program,” St. Clair said. “I will be able to use my A-plus designation, receive free college and join the track team.”
St. Clair also competed in the 3,200-meter run at state, placing 14th in a field of 16 runners.
Another reason why he chose to run for the Cardinals was to run for Steve Davis, the former Potosi mentor who was named NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year in cross country last November.
“He knows how to show kids how to run really fast,” St. Clair said.
St. Clair will join a cross country team that features former Mineral Area Activities Association standouts Brayden Mullins (Fredericktown) and Cody Moore (West County).