Owen countian runs into history books

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Rebel Collin Trammel sets new mark in track

By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer

Collin Trammel ran his way into the record books with a blistering 200-meter sprint that shattered a state record and won him a first place finish in the Class A Kentucky State Track and Field Championships in Louisville last week.
“It felt pretty awesome,” the Owen County High School senior said after finishing the 200-meter dash in 21.92 seconds. “It was pretty much my main goal to make a name for Owen County and myself.”
Trammel said he didn’t envision breaking the state record, but he was bent on winning a state championship.
When the race was finished, Trammel said he looked to the giant scoreboards because he didn’t know if he won or not. He actually thought he might have come in second.
His anxiety soon turned to exhilaration when he saw his time posted.
“A huge crazy feeling just came over me, “ Trammel said. “It’s hard to explain.”
Trammel was humble in his victory and said the first thing he did was congratulate everyone.
The previous record for the 200-meter dash was 22.00 seconds set in 2012 by Andre Klaassen of Whitefield Academy in Louisville.
Trammel had previously came in a satisfying, yet heart-wrenching third place last year against the record-setting Klaassen, who took the lead away from Trammel in the last 20 yards.
Trammel’s father Steve Trammel said his son wasn’t going to watch history repeat itself.
“Collin was determined not to let that happen again,” Steve Trammel said.
This year in the match up, Collin Trammel came out on top.
Collin Trammel was also an important part of two relay teams at the championship that placed sixth and seventh.
He also placed 12th in the boys long jump.
Trammel’s mother Gwen Trammel said her son has shown his dedication to winning.
“For this to be his senior year, this was such a great honor. He worked really hard for that position and we’re extremely proud,” Gwen Trammel said.
Collin Trammel began his track career in his sophomore year when baseball didn’t work out too well and he wanted something to keep himself busy.
Jerry Doolin, long-time Owen County High School track and field coach, takes great pride in watching his athletes win state championships.
“I’m proud of Collin and the whole track team for their effort through the year and everyday.” Doolin said.
Only a few have gone down in Owen County history with a state track championship title around their neck and even fewer have broken a state record in the process.
“In the 11 years I have been here, Collin is the first to break a state record,” Doolin said.
According to Doolin, Trammel’s best before the race had been at about 22.9 seconds.
The 6 foot tall track star does not plan on continuing track in college, but will pursue college football where his speed will be put to use as a wide receiver at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.
Lindsey Wilson College Head Football Coach Chris Oliver praised Collin Trammel’s on-field abilities.
“Collin is an overall well-rounded young man on and off the field,” Oliver said. “He is a good football player and good athlete.”
According to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Collin Trammel was one of the top 15 scoring leaders of Kentucky in Class 2A last season with a total of 114 points averaging about 11.4 per game.
“He’s just a heck of an all around athlete,” Steve Trammel said.