"It feels really good," he said. "For the first time in my life I'd say I was really, really nervous. I mean, this is my last chance to do anything."
He was sad for the team, though, saying, "It's kinda disappointing. We thought we had a legitimate shot to win it this year. Had things gone right maybe we would have had different results. I almost kinda put it on my own shoulders for losing the high jump."
Last year Crist battled sickness and finished fourth in the race.
"I just felt like everything was going right this time, and I did the hurdles really clean," he said. "It's a big accomplishment for me."
Coach Crist was proud of his son's accomplishment, but said, "I know in sports most everyone ends with a loss, and you have to get over it and look at all the good things throughout the season, but last Saturday was hard to take."