By ANDREW WILLIAMS
COLUMBUS — Entering the final lap of the Division II boys 1,600 final at the OHSAA state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Ohio State University’s campus, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Matias Trampe-Kindt was exactly where he wanted to be.
The senior was sitting just behind leader Ryan Adams of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and ready to make a move for a state title.
Unfortunately, Adams had a little more left in the tank than Trampe-Kindt and Chagrin Falls’ Joe Bistritz overtook him as well in the final 100 meters to earn the senior a third-place finish and personal-record time of 4:20.30.
“Coming out I knew the race wouldn’t really start until the fourth lap so the first three laps were really just trying to get in good position,” Trampe-Kindt said. “I knew there was going to be about eight or 10 guys up there, which there was.
“I thought I was perfect position to have a good last lap, which I was pretty happy with my last lap. I almost got Ryan Adams from CVCA but he ran right at the last 100. I got passed by another very good underclassmen in Joe Bistritz of Chagrin Falls.”
Despite the disappointing way in which the race ended for him, Trampe-Kindt was able to come away with a positive outlook on the event.
The multiple time state-qualifier in cross country and track and member of O-G’ said for his last race and with the caliber of competition he faced, he had a lot to be proud of.
“Coming into this race I just knew it was my last one and I wanted to come out with no regrets,” he said. “I definitely don’t have any regrets with that race. I ran very smart.
“To place top three is pretty good. Obviously you come into a race you want to win it. But when you’re down here, placing third is not too bad of a thing. Great competition down here.”
Trampe-Kindt also helped the Titans to sixth place in the 3,200 relay Friday. Joined by juniors Brad Recker, Sid Moening and Trevor Ellerbrock, the quartet posted a mark of 8:03.19 to set a new school record.
After finishing fifth in the 1,600 at regionals a year ago and failing to qualify for the state meet, Trampe-Kindt said it was great to finish his high school career with more trip to Columbus.
He said he will use his most recent accomplishments to build into the beginning of his running career at the University of Findlay next season.
“Last year we were very disappointed at the end of the year,” he said. “So to be able to make it down here is a really awesome feeling.
“We got sixth (Friday) in the 4×800, which is pretty good. We got a school record in that and then I come out here today and I ran hard again. Got the school record, my own school record, again. So we broke two school records, placed sixth and third this week. Not a bad season.”
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