Last year at the Kansas Relays, the finish line was in sight for Daniel Everett with only 100 meters remaining in the Jim Ryun Mile.
But as Everett slowed, three others passed him and left him settling for fourth place.
Everett, now a senior at Westminster High School in St. Louis, wasn’t to be denied this year. He cruised to a victory with a brisk time of 4:12.58 on Saturday at the Relays.
“I had a little left in me, and I had to hold on,” Everett said.
Everett also got a boost from his twin brother, David, who ran and placed first in the section of the mile beforehand and ended up finishing in seventh place overall at 4:21.07.
“Right before the start of my race, (David) told me, ‘Now it’s your turn,’” Everett said.
Everett raised his arms in celebration after crossing the finish line before leaping into his brother’s arms. The next few minutes were a blur.
“Next thing I’m getting shuttled over for a live interview on Flotrack, then Jim Ryun was waiting for me,” Everett said. “It was insane.”
Everett said he normally runs the 3,200, but decided to sit out a few events Friday, including the 3,200, to stay fresh for Saturday’s event.
“I had to have a good race because of that,” he said.
Now Everett, who will attend Columbia University (N.Y.) in the fall, aims to make an early trip to the city; he hopes to earn an invite to the adidas Grand Prix on June 11.
To do so, he said he likely will need some ideal weather and will have to trim two seconds off his mile time.