Devan Crow arrived at North Hall as a former football player looking for a new sport to immerse himself in. He leaves the Trojans as one of the best distance runners in the state, after earning Class 3A cross country state titles to cap off his junior and senior years.
Now, he is preparing for the next chapter in his career: running for Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.
Crow made the decision to sign on with Louisburg earlier this year after a positive visit to the school and a conversation with his mom.
“When I went back home and talked to my mom, we thought it was a good opportunity to go up there,” he said. “It’s six hours away from home, so I’m going to be a little ways away from home, but I’m excited for it.”
Crow’s meteoric rise through the ranks of Georgia distance runners started when he picked up the sport as a freshman.
At first, he signed up for the cross country team just for a change in his athletic regiment.
“I was going to a new school,” he said. “So I was like, ‘I’m going to try something new.’”
He soon discovered he was a natural.
After placing 25th at the state meet as a freshman, then North Hall volunteer cross country coach Art Decosta approached Crow to tell him how high his potential in the sport truly was.
“I’m like I have no idea what I’m doing,” Crow said. “He was like you’re actually doing really good. Just keep it up.”
That was all the encouragement he needed.
Crow jumped all the way up to a fourth place finish at state as a sophomore, and went into his junior year season brimming with confidence. By the time the state meet rolled around, both he and Decosta knew it was Crow’s time to shine.
“He was like ‘Hey, you do what you do. You do your normal thing and you should win,” Crow said. “I was like alright. I listened to him, did my own thing, and went out there and won a state title.”
After reaching the pinnacle of the sport as a junior, Crow stayed on top with another state victory his senior year, the perfect ending to one of the most decorated distance running careers North Hall has ever seen.
And while Crow had plenty of natural athletic talent, he maintains it was hard work that separated him from the pack over the last two years.
“When I pushed myself, I’d get what I wanted,” he said. “I wanted to win. That’s what made me go out there.”
It’s the type of message Crow said he hopes to leave behind for his teammates still running for the Trojans.
“Always just keep fighting and always improving yourself and always work toward your goals,” he said. “You can do anything you put your mind to, so just keep working toward your goal.”
Crow plans on following the very same advice going into his future.
With each high school race won, he developed an insatiable appetite for victory. High school may now be in the rear view mirror for Crow, but winning — he hopes — is most definitely not.
“What I’m looking forward to later on and throughout my college years is just to win some national titles,” he said. “I won some state titles. Hopefully I can move up and win some national titles as well.”