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May 27, 2014

Jordan Carrington runs the race of his life

Lexington — Prior to Class AAA KHSAA State Track & Field Championships, there was not many distance runners outside of Pulaski County that had ever heard of Jordan Carrington.

But after Saturday’s Class AAA 1600-meter run, the Warrior junior made his mark on the state’s distance running scene.

Prior to Saturday, Carrington was just a middle of the pack 1600-meter runner with times ranging around the 4:50 mark.

But running in the biggest race of his life in the state championship ‘metric mile’, Carrington wanted to make the best of it.

And boy, did he ever.

Carrington, who had finished fourth in last year’s region with a 4:51 clocking, placed seventh in this year’s state meet with an impressive 4:26.6 clocking.

Grouped in a loaded field of the best distance runners in the state, Carrington never wavered from a brutal pace that was led out St. Xavier’s William Mulloy, who won the race with a 4:18.38 clocking.

In this year’s region meet, Carrington finished fourth and would have normally not even qualified for the state meet had it not been for his personal best 4:36 clocking, which was nearly 14 seconds better than his clockings in the Lake Cumberland Classic and the Warrior Invitational.

Carrington knocked another 9 seconds off his personal best in Saturday’s state meet.  Upon crossing the finish line, Carrington took a quick glance at he large scoreboard clock to confirm his amazing personal record time.

“I have no idea how I knocked nine seconds off my personal best,” Carrington said. “I just tried to stay up there with the top pack and when ever they started going harder I just tried to stay right on the back of them.”

Carrington raised his arms in rejoice for his personal best feat. He then counted the handful of runers ahead of him to learn he had medaled in one of the most talented fields in the entire state meet.

“I really like to accelerate in that last 300 meters, and I started picking runners off,” Carrington explained. “After I passed a few of the other runners, I started counting and I was in the top 7 and I just earned 2 ponts for my team. I was really excited about that.”

“I ran a 4:51 in last year’s region and to be here in the state meet I was just jacked to be able to run,” Carrington admitted. “My goal was just to make the state meet, but now that I am here, I wanted to do my best.”

You best believe that everyone knows who Jordan Carrington is now. Next year, Carrington may have to do very little counting of the runners in front of him, if any, after he crosses the finish line of the 2015 state meet 1600-meter run.

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