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Early on, North Oldham eighth grader Trenton Fryman trailed at the KTCCCA Meet of Champions on Saturday in Lexington.
It was an unfamiliar position, but Fryman stayed patient. Near the two-mile mark of the 4K race at Masterson Station Park, Fryman made his move. He jetted into the lead and held on to win the boys’ middle school state championship in 13:43.19.
But Fryman said his slow start was in part to his starting position, which was in the back of the group from the draw for starting position before the race.
“I was nervous at first because I’d never been that far back in a race before,” Fryman said. “But I gained my composure around the 800-meter mark and started moving back up.”
Fryman’s run lead the Mustangs to their second-straight team state title as well, with 90 points, ahead of College View Middle School with 128 points. East Oldham eighth grader Cole Dowdy finished third, while his twin brother, Tanner, finished 10th.
“We just had a very small handful of kids who didn’t have their best day,” North Oldham coach Mark Levdahl said. “Even then, a lot of them were very close to running their best. I think they did a great job. The meet this year was definitely tougher than it was last year.”
East Oldham claimed the girls’ middle school state championship with 128 points, edging North Oldham, who finished with 132 points. Lady Mustangs eighth grader Erin Edmundson finished fifth with a time of 15:06.02.
The Lady Patriots won despite its top finisher, seventh grader Averi Faulk, finishing at No. 17, in 16:00.77.
“All the girls just really stepped up and were able to fill the voids that we had,” East Oldham coach Kathy Riley said. “Some of the girls finished where I truly didn’t expect them to finish, but I knew what they could do and they superseded what I thought.”
In the sixth grade and under girls state championship, Camden Station fifth grader Taylor Limprevil finished fifth in 12:25.41. Goshen Elementary finished fourth as a team with 62 points.
In the sixth grade and under boys state championship, Goshen fifth grader Brandt Wilhelmi placed seventh in 11:41.45, while his team finished third overall.
Centerfield Elementary fourth grader Anna Constant won the fourth grade and under girls state championship in 8:20.80, while Kenwood Station fourth grader Jason King placed seventh in the boys fourth grade and under state championship in 8:07.00. Camden Station fourth grader Nathan Beard finished eighth.
Fryman said he tried to run at his own pace despite being back from the race leaders.
“I was happy that I waited until a good time to start my kick,” he said. “If I hadn’t, I probably would’ve gotten sucked into too fast a pace and gotten passed at the end.”
In the end, no one would pass him.