By ANDREW WILLIAMS
COLUMBUS — Entering the final lap of the Division II boys 1,600-meter 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, but the O-G senior ran a personal-record time of 4:20.30 in finishing third in the event.
“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 in 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.”
The multiple state qualifier in both cross country and track and a member of O-G’s 2013 state championship basketball team, Trampe-Kindt came away with a positive outlook on the his last race, especially considering the caliber of competition he faced.
“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 one more trip to Columbus.
He said he will use his most recent accomplishments as something to build on as he begins his collegiate 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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