AUSTIN — The Killeen Kangaroos relay team put in hours of work to earn a shot at the 400-meter relay.
And they made the most out of their shot that lasted less than a minute.
DJ Lilley, Daniel McCants, Kyle Boutte and Devyn Williams ran their way to silver at the UIL State Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.
“I feel great,” Boutte said. “Just the fact that we got here is a big deal. Winning is all that matters.”
The Roos posted a time of 40.69 seconds in the Class 5A boys 400 relay. The Roos finished 0.22 seconds behind state champion Klein Oak and a tenth of a second ahead of third-place Katy Morton Ranch.
“We could have gotten first, just a little bit of adjustments,” Williams said. “But second is second and we ran our butts off, so we deserve this.”
The Roos turned some heads by qualifying for state after finishing second at the Region I-5A meet last month in Lubbock. The Roos posted a time of 41.20 to finish second at the meet after barely getting in with a fourth-place finish in the area round.
The quartet became the first Killeen High relay team to qualify for state since 2010. Their seed time was the third best in the state.
Lilley ran the first leg and got the Roos going with a good start. McCants and Boutte kept the Roos in medal contention and Williams ran the anchor leg to clinch the state medal.
The raced marked the final one for seniors McCants, Boutte and Williams, but all three aren’t done using their speed.
“It’s meant a lot to me,” McCants said about running and playing football for Killeen. “I wouldn’t want to be at any other school but Killeen.”
All three will play football, McCants at Tarleton, Williams at Oklahoma Panhandle State and Boutte will sign a letter of intent during a ceremony on Friday at the Killeen High gym to play for Howard Payne University.
Lilley hopes this isn’t the last time he makes a run for the gold. The junior plans to learn from this experience and help out the Roos as a seasoned senior leader in 2015.
“Next year I want to work to come back to state and help out the rest of my teammates that are going to be here next year,” Lilley said.
“I want to have this feeling that we have now.”
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