FAIRBURN - After having already established himself as one of the top middle school distance runner in the nation, Zack Truitt would like to leave one more mark on a splendid career.
The Landmark Christian eighth-grader and Douglasville native will run at the Georgia Middle School Track and Field Championships this weekend in Lilburn.
Truitt is trying to become the first middle school male runner to win three running events at the meet, which will be held today and Saturday at Parkview High School.
He will run in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meters events. Truitt is ranked No. 1 in the state in all three events.
“I certainly feel like I can do it,”Truitt said.
Truitt’s coach, Bill Thorn, also believes he can accomplish the goal.
“He has that stuff in him to set goals and go after it,” Thorn said. “You couldn’t ask for a kid that is more self-motivated. He does whatever it takes to get better. Sometimes I think he is over pushing himself. Zack is definitely a pleasure to coach.”
Entering today’s meet, Truitt has a time of two minutes, 9.08 seconds in the 800 while recording a time of 4:41.09 in the 1,600. Earlier this season, he went 10:18.25 in the 3,200.
Currently, he is ranked No. 23 in the country in the 800, fourth in the 1,600 and third overall in the 3,200 event.
“I’m real excited about this weekend,” Truitt said.
This past cross country season, Truitt finished No. 1 in the state with a 17:08.5 in a 5K race. Truitt established that time Thanksgiving Day weekend at Foot Locker South Regional meet at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte.
“Zack really fights back when he is being pushed,” Thorn said. “He gives you 100 percent in everything that he does.”
Thorn is excited about the future for Truitt as his workouts will increase next season on the high school level.
“I’m confident that he can do the workouts,” Thorn said. “He does what you tell him to do. It is going to be interesting for him next year.”