They saved the best for last Saturday in the boys' portion of the state cross country meet.
The fastest and closest race came in Class 3A.
Daviess County senior Evan Ehrenheim pulled away in the last 200 meters to edge Trinity's Jake Wildenmann and set a meet record at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Ehrenheim's time for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles), 15 minutes, 33.24 seconds, shattered the record of 15:54.36 set last year by Greenwood's Ryan Eaton.
Wildenmann, also the runner-up last year, led Trinity to a record 18th team championship with 91 points. Archrival St. Xavier, which last year won its 17th state title, scored 105. Daviess County totaled 113.
Runners in all three classes benefited from unusually mild conditions — about 70 degrees for the 3A race.
Ehrenheim and Wildenmann, part of a five-runner pack through a 4:55 first mile, worked up a hill to make it a two-man race by the 11/2-mile point.
"Win — that was the goal," said Ehrenheim, who finished third last year. "I just knew he was fast, and I had to stay with him, and that's what I did."
The lead seesawed until Ehrenheim took off on the final straightaway.
"I just had a little bit of adrenaline from the crowd cheering for me, and knowing my team was back there doing the best they could do," he said. "I just went for it then, and God be the glory."
Wildenmann faded, finished in 15:40.09 and collapsed at the finish line.
Jud Weaver led Lexington finishers, placing 11th in 16:40.81 and helping Lafayette to a 12th-place finish.
"It was probably the toughest race all year," the senior said. "I just went out; it was my teammates — I was like 'brotherly love.' I had to get out there and do it for them."
Paul Dunbar, in Coach Phil Wilder's last meet, placed 19th. Tates Creek was 24th, trailed by Clark County and Henry Clay.
Class 2A: North Oldham claimed its second team title in three years, and Jared Skrabacz became the first state champion for first-year school South Warren.
Well, sort of.
"Actually, we've got a guy who won the tractor pull," Skrabacz said. "He was our first state champ."
Skrabacz, though, is the school's first champ in a KHSAA-sanctioned sport.
"I knew it was a tough course, so I wasn't going to go for time really but would run to win," said Skrabacz, a senior who placed 13th in 3A last year with Greenwood. "I was probably going to run my own race, really. I just wanted to not look back and not worry about what anybody else was doing. I knew I was fit enough to just go with it, go with how I felt and take it from the gun."
He led virtually all the way, passing the mile markers in 4:50 and 10:07, then crossing the finish in 16:16.70.
Taylor Sanders, runner-up in 16:27.32, led North Oldham to an 86-point finish. Edmonson County nipped South Oldham 111-115 for second place, with Lexington Catholic another five points back.
Michael Johnston, 10th overall, led the Knights.
"As an individual, I did all right," he said. "My last race as a senior, so I just wanted to give it my all. The team ... we were trying to get first, but we tried our best."
Class A: Louisville Holy Cross got a 1-2 finish by Dominic Perronie and Jacob Thomson, but St. Henry put five runners in the top 22 to win its ninth consecutive team title.
Brendan Dooley, in eighth, led the Crusaders to a 78-point finish. Bishop Brossart was runner-up with 85.
Perronie, a senior, led with a 4:57 first mile and 10:18 for 2 miles. He finished in 16:15.03, followed by Thomson in 16:22.46.
Zach Holtkamp of Bishop Brossart took third in 16:29.49
Eighth-place Sayre was led by 6-7 finishers Nicholas and Michael Waltman.