The boys' team title in Friday's Class 2A State Track and Field Championships all came down to the mile relay.
The 1,600-meter relay, actually.
Paducah Tilghman won the race and, with that, the team championship.
Tilghman edged defending champion Highlands 81-80 at the University of Kentucky's track complex.
Lexington Catholic nudged North Oldham 66-65 for third place.
"I told our kids at the beginning of the year that it's important that we have a strong mile relay," Tilghman Coach Randy Wyatt said. "And I learned that when I was in eighth grade, when I ran track at Paducah Tilghman High School."
Tilghman won the relay in 3:25.91. Highlands took second in 3:27.93.
"That's the way you want to go out," Wyatt said. "I really challenged our kids this year. I said, 'You want to embrace pressure.' Last year, we didn't embrace pressure at all. We kind of ran from it. They did a great job of stepping up.
"Not just our mile relay. You take our triple-jumper, Phillip Pruitt, did well. Our discus thrower, Tyler Scarborough, did a great job; he finished in third. Phillip Pruitt went into the long jump, got one point, and that was the difference. So across the board, I'm really proud of our kids."
Marcus Corbett led the Blue Tornado, winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and running on the winning 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays.
"Marcus Corbett, hands down, performed like a senior," Wyatt said. "I'm just so proud of him. He did a great job for us."
Meanwhile, North Oldham successfully defended the girls' team title with 96 points. Runner-up Lexington Catholic scored 73.
"I think it put some pressure on us," North Oldham Coach Alan Yanke said of his team's role as defending champ. "It was interesting to see how we would handle it. And they did great. We set four school records today and our girls performed just beautifully. So it was a great day.
"Last year, being the first one, it was like 'Whooo!' This year was like 'Yes! Exclamation point!' Especially the way our four-by-four team finished in the very last race of the night."
Lexington Catholic's girls won the first event of the meet, the 4-by-800 relay. Michaela Reinhart anchored, following Christie Jackson, Emma Vogelsang and Abby VanHoeve.
Reinhart came from behind to edge Christian Academy of Louisville's Madelyn O'Dea in a 2A meet-record 9:39.27.
"It was tough. It was hard," Reinhart said. "Maddie pushed me a lot. ... And that was a PR by a lot. I didn't think I could do that. So that was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed that."
Reinhart's 2:18 split was a personal best by three seconds.
Reinhart later won the 3,200 meters and placed second in the 1,600. Teammate Camille Mangold placed second in the pole vault.
Third-place Boyle County was bolstered by a win in the 4-by-100 relay.
Calloway County junior Lily Lowe was a triple winner. In addition to defending titles in the high jump and long jump, she added a win in the 300-meter hurdles.
"I think I'm mostly (pleased) with the 300 hurdles because I came out here and I was hoping for first, but I came in ranked third," Lowe said. "And I was ranked first for high jump. It's always nice to win, but when you're not expected to win, it feels really good."
Waggener's Tymeitha Tolbert snared the 100 and 200 meters.
Collins sophomore Gabby Karas repeated as champion in the 800 and 1,600, setting an all-class state record in the latter event with a time of 4:53.45. Karas did not finish the 3,200.
Back on the boys' side, Catholic was sparked by sophomore Patrick Kelly. He won the high jump and long jump, and took fifth in the triple jump.
His favorite result?
"The high jump," he said. "I've always just loved that. That's the first thing I tried out for, and that's just always been something I've loved to do."
He won with a clearance of 6-6.
"I'm not very pleased with it," Kelly said. "My personal record is 6-8. I was trying to get that today and I just couldn't pull through."
Ashland Blazer's Quinton Baker swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
"It was a nice night, and I'm blessed to be able to be out here," Baker said.
He said he was most pleased with his win in the 100 "because I feel like more football coaches look at the one (hundred) than the two. ... I came out of the blocks good and just got out into my stride and let all my practice take over."
Highlands had a double-winner, too, as Ethan Shuley took the 1,600 and 3.200.
Mason County's Jay Stanley won the shot with a put of 50-2. Defending champion William Sparks of Lexington Catholic came in third.
Stanley said his key was "technique, and try to be prepared and relaxed. ... I come into every meet thinking I'm going to do my best, win or lose."