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Owen County’s Hunter Trenary headed to Lexington on Saturday morning in hopes of capturing a state championship.
While the senior would come up short in capturing the ultimate prize, he would finish third in the Class A state cross county championship.
Trenary’s time of 16:29.68 would be just 14 seconds behind winner Matthew Bode from Louisville Collegiate and 2 seconds behind second-place finisher Nicholas Waltman from Sayre School in Lexington.
Waltman, who finished second last week to Trenary in the regional meet, also finished second in 2011 and 2012.
Bode won the meet after placing third last year.
Trenary ran faster on Saturday in Lexington than he did a week ago in the regional competition. His time was also better than the 17:12.89 he ran last year at the state meet when he finished fourth. It was the third-straight season he finished in the top 10. He was eighth in 2011.
Coach Heidi Williams said Trenary was pleased with how the day went.
“Hunter was not too disappointed,” Williams said. “He finished better than last year and his time was better too.”
The rest of the team also ran well on Saturday. All four runners - Cory Hudnall, Keith Stout, Kyle Flood and Logan Bitler - each ran faster than they had last week at the regional.
Hudnall and Stout improved on their times from last year in the state meet. Hudnall was 46th on Saturday after finishing 94th in 2012. Stout was 74th on Saturday after a 159th place finish a year ago.
As a team, the Owen County boys finished 12th. All four runners should be back next season as Hudnall is a sophomore, Stout, Flood and Bitler are each juniors this year.
Also on Saturday, Autumn Hunter took part in the girls’ race.
The freshman finished 56th overall with a time of 22:16.37. It was just 2 seconds off her personal record.
Williams said Hunter had an impressive first season.
“Autumn did great finishing in the top third of her race - not bad for her first year,” Williams said.