Entering the 2013 season, one would think that Frye’s mind would have been set on defending his 300 hurdles crown and aiming for the championship at 110 that eluded him.
That wasn’t how Frye approached the season.
“I never really liked the 110s, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I don’t like the fact that they are high, and it’s like they keep going up. My trail leg always hits it, and I’m always getting cut up.
“I just had my mind set on (winning state in the) 300 hurdles. But, once I set the school record in the 110s (in the Region 4AAAAAA championships) at McEachern, I thought that I could potentially win state in both events.”
The senior broke Campbell’s school records in both distances at the region meet, setting personal bests of 13.81 at 110 and 36.54 at 300.
“Once I did that, I put my mind to it and got it done,” Frye said. “I didn’t go into the season trying to win two state titles.”
Ultimately, Frye did win both hurdles championships — claiming the 110 in 14.46 and the 300 in 38.74 — and is the 2012-13 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
In claiming his two titles, Frye recorded the best-performance marks in his events among all classifications, and he was the second-highest individual point scorer among all Class AAAAAA athletes.
Frye’s contributions gave him enough state meet points to earn the Morris M. Bryan Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding performer over all classifications of boys state championships.
“I’m surprised by all of the attention,” Frye said. “It’s overwhelming. I’ve never had all of this before. I’m still getting adjusted to it, but it feels good.
“I’ve never gotten this much recognition before in my sport, so it feels really good to come back and represent my school and do the great things that I knew I could all along.”
Frye’s hurdling career began at a young age, when he ran the 400 dash for the Marietta-based First Light Track Club.
“My club coach, Tony Dunne, got me running the hurdles,” Frye said. “I was at First Light and I was always a 400 guy. He said I was going to run hurdles. At my first meet, I didn’t do too well in the 110s, but in the 400 hurdles, I surprised everybody, even myself, and I always did well on those from there.”
The Norfolk State signee has plans to continue his career and ultimately has aspirations on making the U.S. Olympic team for 2016.
“I feel like I can there if I get pushed enough and get the training I need,” he said. “I feel more comfortable in the 400 hurdles than the 110s.”
Although Frye didn’t set out to win two state titles and receive all his various other accolades, he’s happy to have gone through the year and achieve all that he did.
“It was a good experience to go through this season,” he said. “I still have to work on some key things, like bringing my trail leg around and snapping it down to get over the hurdles quicker, but, overall, it’s been a pretty good run. I like the performances I’ve done throughout the year.”