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Male Athlete of the Week
by Maurice Dixon
May 14, 2014 01:57 PM | 2407 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eagle’s Landing sophomore Devin Dixon surprised himself during his first trip to the Georgia Olympics when he finished first in the Class AAAA 800-meter run.

“I always dreamed about having a gold medal and standing on the podium in first place,” Dixon said. “I never really thought it would happen this early. I’m really happy. Everybody at school, my mom and my dad are really happy for me too.”

Dixon ran a 1:55.66 to finish ahead of Marist’s Nolan Daniels and LaGrange’s Andrew Coggins, respectively.

“I got a good lead and started opening my stride up in the beginning,” Dixon said. “I stayed with the top the whole time then started sprinting the last 100 meters.”

Dixon also ran the 1600 but had just a sixth-place finish. The Golden Eagles collected 18 points to finish tied for 11th overall.

To begin preparing for next year, Dixon, who also plays center and power forward for the basketball team, will join the cross country team for the first time next season.

“I enjoy the competition and running against the best,” Dixon said. “And the challenge of running against the best to see who is the better man.”

Even though Dixon still has two years left at Eagle’s Landing, he said he realizes distance running is something he could do on the next level.

“I definitely see myself being a runner in college,” Dixon said. “A lot of people tell me that track is my ticket.”

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