"After tonight, especially this upcoming week in practice, I'm going to work more on the 300s, work on my stride, my kick, coming through it," Crites said. "I was an all-stater last year, but I wasn't too satisfied with it. I plan on scoring big this year."
Dots Coach John Bonecutter said Crites' dedication lifts him beyond the limits of his opposition.
"He's always been one of the hardest workers we've had," Bonecutter said. "His work ethic is what has gotten him to where he is so quick. It's definitely his work ethic."
In addition to hard work, Crites brings his own natural frame to the event with long legs that stride far, reach across the hurdles and snap back into place time after time. Poca's track coaches took quick notice of Crites' physique when he first joined the team as a sophomore.
"As soon as I came to practice, my first week, hurdle coach Brian Scott looked at me and said 'I want you to become a hurdler,' " Crites said. "I was a little skeptical at first, but they taught me form, had some of the guys running with me, taught me form, and I've been running ever since. It just comes natural."
What doesn't come naturally or to hard work, Crites said he leaves to his faith.
"Before I come out of my blocks, in every practice, I pray before I do it," he said. "At a meet, I pray. I have a real good, Christian faith, and I just pray that God not only helps me win - that would be up to His will to let me win, and I thank Him for it, but I just pray and whatever the outcome, win or lose, I give Him the glory. That pushes me through everything."
In addition to the 110 and 300 hurdles, Crites was scheduled to race in the 400-meter run and as part of Poca's shuttle hurdle relay team. Results for those events were not made available as of press time.
As Crites dominated the hurdles, so did his Dots teammates in the discus. Sophomore Christian Buckley won the event with a throw of 157 feet, one and one-half inches. Buckley's older brother Quentin Buckley, a senior, placed second, while Jacob Hickman claimed third.