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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County native Zack Truitt has been training under the legenary Bill Thorn as a freshman at Landmark Christian.

FAIRBURN - It seems that Zack Truitt is navigating pretty well through his first year of varsity competition.

The Douglasville native and Landmark Christian freshmen has been one of the top runners for the private Fairburn school.

It has been an extension from a standout middle school career.

“He is doing a good job with the training,” Landmark coach Bill Thorn said. “He is training hard everyday, and doing everything that is asked of him.”

At last Saturday’s Alexander/Asics Invitational, Truitt went 15 minutes, 49.1 second to finish 10th overall at the mostly flat Fox Hall Sporting Club course.

It was a personal-best time for Truitt.

“I’m very familiar with this course,” Truitt said. “I’ve run it three times before but this was the first time I’ve ran as a freshman. It is very flat and very fast.”

While Truitt’s times have been dropping, he does attempt that running varsity has been a challenge.

“I think the biggest thing is getting use to not winning every race,” Truitt said. “In middle school I had top times and was winning. It is more of a mental thing now. It has been hard to get use to but I have to stay mentally tough throughout the race.”

As an eighth-grader, Truitt was the top runner in the nation. While not winning has been humbling, he has definitely seen his share of success.

Truitt is getting ready for the upcoming region championship and a trip to the state meet next month.

“He is very competitive,” Thorn said. “He is at the top in his class. I know Zack will continue to improve as long as he sticks with the program.”

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