Dyestat Athlete of the Year Lukas Verzbicas vowed to win a world junior triathlon title for his buddy, Kevin McDowell, who has cancer.
And so, as Verzbicas often does, he went out and achieved his goal. The all-time prep great won a world title on Sunday in Beijing, China.
Next up for Verzbicas is a move-in at the University of Oregon.
Third-place finisher Tony Smoragiewicz, one of the top high school harriers in the U.S., still has another year of high school left.