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Owen County is home to new state track champion

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Trammel sets new state record

By Brian Blair

Owen County has a new state champion.
Members of the Owen County track teams headed to Louisville early Saturday morning to take part in the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet.
For one member of the team, it wasn’t enough to just win a state title. He also set a new state record.
Owen County High School senior Collin Trammel captured the title in the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.92 seconds.
He beat the record of 22 seconds set last year by Andre Klaassen from Whitefield Academy.
Owen County High School Track Coach Jerry Doolin said Trammel’s win in Louisville was the culmination of an outstanding season.
“Collin had a great year,” Doolin said. “Not only winning state but setting a new state record was great.”
Trammel was not finished winning. He also finished 12th in the long jump.
Hunter Trenary finished seventh in the 3200-meter run by setting a personal best time of 9:53.18.
The boys 4x100-meter relay team placed sixth and the 4x200-meter team in seventh place. The teams were made up of Ian Oaks, Paul Banks, Chris Smith, Trammel and alternate Cody Downey.
As a team, the boys finished 15th overall.
Two girls also made the trip. Senior Haley DeCandia was making her fourth and final appearance in the meet and finished seventh in the high jump.  
Doolin said he is very proud of what Haley accomplished during her career.
“Haley is a great person who works very hard all the time to do her best,” Doolin said. “I would take a whole team of Haleys with her work ethic and attitude.”
Paula Rivera threw a personal best of 86 feet, 10 inches in the discus to place eleventh. The junior was making her first trip to compete in the state meet.
The girls finished 31st as a team out of 41 teams.
Doolin said he could not be any prouder of both the boys and girls teams.
“All the kids did a great job,” Doolin said. “It is another proud moment for Owen County track.”

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