LOUISVILLE — North Oldham and Central were tied with 55 points each and only three events remaining in Thursday's Class 2A State Track and Field Meet.
But a second-place finish from Colin Grandon in the 3,200 meters and a victorious 4-by-400 relay enabled North Oldham to close with 18 points and secure a 73-63 victory at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
The Mustangs, from Goshen, had never won a state track team title. Their first makes a nice bookend, though, with the cross country crown won last fall.
Central, the defending team champion, led North Oldham 49-45 until the Mustangs' Zach Evans won the 200 meters in 22.25 seconds.
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"Oh, my gosh, everyone's so excited," Evans said of North's team title. "This is what we've been talking about for six months."
Central's Anthony Wales placed third in the 200, behind 100-meter champion Ryan Timmons of Franklin County.
"I really pushed it hard on the curve, which I haven't done this year," said Evans, a junior. "But the difference was the winds. I can cut through easier because I'm short."
He laughed, having conquered a strong headwind on a cool day with occasional rain.
"We've worked on this all year and I think I've put in my dues, so I'm really happy," said Evans, who also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and in the 100.
Teammate Jeremy Rice won the 800-meter run and ran on the Mustangs' first-place 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relays.
Franklin County's Timmons bested Evans in the 100, 11.02 to 11.15.
Timmons, Raymond Davis, James Harrod and William Bell teamed to snare top honors in the 4-by-200 relay.
Mercer County junior Isaiah Burrus successfully defended his title in the 400 meters. Burrus finished in 50.10, holding off the 50.32 of hard-charging Brian Babbage of Lexington Catholic.
"I was loose, it's just that the wind was tough so it didn't look like I was running fast," Burrus said. "I think I would have run 48 if it wasn't for the wind.
"I had to push harder on the backstretch because the wind was coming with me."
Burrus also ran on the Titans' third-place 4-by-800 relay, with Matthew Gammon, Anthony Smith and Landon Souder.
Central's Keon Scott edged Evans in the 300-meter hurdles and helped the Yellow Jackets repeat as champion in the 4-by-100 relay.
Other winners included Letcher County's Dakota Cornett in the shot put, Elizabethtown's Clayton Patton in the 110-meter hurdles, Lloyd Memorial's Tyler Bray in the high jump, Covington Catholic's Will Torbeck in the pole vault and Bulllitt East's Trevor Troutman in the discus.
■ In the adapted shot put, a new exhibition event for wheelchair-bound athletes, Fleming County's Lucas Cannon emerged the winner with a distance of 15-11. Cannon also won the adapted 100-meter dash in 22.91, followed by Johnathon Patrick of Magoffin County.