Kochuparambil entered his junior track and field season eager for redemption, but Denmark’s standout distance runner didn’t get a chance as the 2020 season ended shortly after it began because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kochuparambil finished second in two events at last year’s state meet: the 800 and the 1600. Both of the runners who beat him were seniors, though, signaling that this year was Kochuparambil’s chance at a state championship.
“I just really felt bad for the seniors, because I felt like they could have done something there,” Kochuparambil said. “I felt like we could have done better, especially in the 4×4. I feel like we had a really solid team this year, and I felt like we could have shown up at sectionals and region. We could have gotten one of those three places, for sure.”
Kochuparambil, the 2020 Forsyth County News Athlete of the Year in track and field, picked up where he left off as a sophomore, winning the Longhorn Stampede’s 800 meter run in March with a 1:57.07, about half a