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Perfect final throw lifts Troutman to discus title

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By Mike Farner

 LOUISVILLE - A year ago, Bullitt East’s Trevor Troutman was frustrated at the end of the discus when Paducah Tilghman’s Joe Jones surpassed him on the final throw of the competition.

On Thursday at the 2011 Kentucky Class AA State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville, Troutman got his revenge when he unleashed the best performance of his life on the last of his six throws, unseating Jones from the top spot and winning the discus title at 164-11, seven inches better than Jones and eight feet further than anyone else in the competition.

Troutman’s win was the first state track title for a Bullitt County male (and just the third for any male in any sport) in 36 years. The other state track title also came in the discus in 1975. That win was by Jimmy Troutman, Trevor’s father, who was present to watch his son perform on Thursday.

“I knew it was good when I let it go,” Trevor Troutman said as he waited for the medal presentation. “I felt no strain. I just didn’t know if I had thrown it too high.”

Troutman had a 159-foot throw in the bank already. He just needed that big throw for the top spot. The winning throw broke his own school record by over five feet.

It had not started out to be a good day for Troutman. Rain earlier in the afternoon had pushed back the start of the shot put by an hour. Troutman had one of the top throws coming into that event from the regional meet a week earlier, but on Thursday he could do no better than 44-07.75, four feet less than he had thrown in the regional. That was only good for 11th overall and did not advance him out of the preliminaries and into the final three throws.

But, the extra time from the shot put gave him time to think about the discus.

After the rain earlier in the day, brisk winds were blowing throughout the discus competition.

“The wind wasn’t the big factor,” Troutman said. “It was more the wetness and the mud.”

Bullitt East track coach Lenny Raley had watched girls’ standout Jackie Stevens win the discus title the past two seasons.

“I’m especially proud of him because he was not good in the shot put,” Raley said. “To rally and take that title is a credit to him. He has put in the hard work.”

Bullitt East teammate Andrew Okruch was seventh in the discus at 144-09, also bettering his best throw ever by over five feet.

“I’m more proud to be in the top eight,” the Charger sophomore said. “I know I have a 150 (throw) in me.”