FARMINGTON — Devin Hull got to close out his high school career the way every athlete wants — with a championship.
The Farmington High School senior played an important role in the Scorpions' first-ever boys state track and field title on Saturday in Albuquerque.
Hull took first in the 400-meter dash and ran the anchor leg of the Scorps' 4x200 meter relay championship.
"It feels really good after working for five years to get to that point where you're actually at the state championship level," he said. "It's pretty cool to have finished it off with a big bang."
Throughout the season, FHS head coach Jeff Dalton said Hull was going to play an important role in any trophy his team brought home. And the coach said he couldn't have been happier with the effort at state.
Dalton said Hull sacrificed running the 100-meter dash for the 400-meter, because the staff believed it would give the team a chance to score more points while also giving Hull a better crack at an individual title.
"He was so selfless. He's been a 100- and 200-(meter)runner his whole career," Dalton said. "We kind of dabbled with the 400 a little bit. When I realized what he had in the 400, it was an eye-opener. I thought we could steal it. So he runs it at district and ran the top time in the state. So he gave up the 100-meter, which he'd been working on for four years, to go win the 400 for the team."
Hull said it took convincing from the coaching staff to run the 400-meter and give up one of his favorite events at state.
"At first, I was mad. I was like, 'I don't want to do this.' But when I realized I could really run the 400 well, and (Dalton) explained I could win the 400 at state, I was OK," Hull said. "So I just worked and worked at it."
Hull said the team had a great sense of satisfaction after they finished the meet with the title.
"At the beginning of the year, we said we're on a quest, and now it feels good to say we've completed that quest," he said.
Hull also found other ways to contribute to the FHS title-winning tally of 64 points by finishing in third place in the 200-meter dash and running for FHS in the 4x100 meter relay, in which the Scorpions also placed third.
The strong lineup for the 4x200-meter relay was designed for the team to win the event, Dalton said. In the other events, the idea was for Hull to finish high in the standings and chip in points toward the team total.
"We really loaded the 4x200 and put the pressure on ourselves to win it," Dalton said. "We could have won any of the four relays, but we had to distribute in order to finish high in all of them. (Hull) was the leader on those relays, and no matter where he was, we had confidence in him."
Hull's fifth event during the meet was the triple jump, in which he placed eighth.
Hull said he's looking forward to running track for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales next year and hopes he has more titles in front of him.
"I'm just going to work hard for college and get ready for that," he said.