OK, Independence, get ready for a party – a parade – or something to honor the Fab Five, who just happen to be the most remarkable Truman High School boys track team in the 49-year history of the school.

OK, Independence, get ready for a party – a parade – or something to honor the Fab Five, who just happen to be the most remarkable Truman High School boys track team in the 49-year history of the school.

Truman, named after a president who loved to walk, ran its way into the Patriot record books Friday and Saturday at the Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium, where five young men brought home the first state trophy in the history of the school.

Roy Bay, Cole Rockhold, Demetric Dinwiddie, Alex Davis and Ben Sander totaled 35 points to tie Christian Brothers College High School of St. Louis for third place at the state meet.

“Looking back over the past few days has been pretty special,” Truman track coach Craig Lewis said Tuesday afternoon. “We started the spring season with a foot of snow on the ground.

“We ran 15,000 times in the hallways at Truman and we wondered if we would ever get outdoors, and I kept telling the kids, ‘Someday, we’re going to get outside. It’s going to be nice and I want you to be ready.’ I guess they were paying attention after all.”

Rockhold was second in the 3,200 meters and third in the 1,600; Bay was second in the 100 and 200 and ran an amazing anchor leg in the 4x100 relay (along with Dinwiddie, Davis and Sander) to help that team claim fourth-place medals. Add up all those points and you get a state trophy.

“The only disappointing thing is that we get back in town and school is out,” Lewis said. “The seniors have graduated, and there’s no ceremony or special recognition at school. I got congratulated by a handful of administrators and teachers, but these kids need some special recognition.”

Rockhold said the recognition would be appreciated but is not necessary.

“We don’t run for the recognition,” Rockhold said. “We run because we love the sport and love to compete. We all wish we could have come back to school and shown everyone the trophy, but just winning the trophy was the important thing for us.”

That’s why the mayor, the city council, someone needs to step to the plate and have a special day to honor a team that accomplished the unimaginable.

“You don’t go to a Class 4 state track meet and bring home a trophy with five kids,” said Blue Springs boys coach Joe Cusack, whose Wildcats brought home a second-place trophy for the second year in a row. “What those Truman kids did is unbelievable!

“They had to do everything right, and they did. I am so happy for my friends Coach (Mike) Spotts (a former Wildcat football and track coach) and Coach Lewis. You don’t hear a lot about Truman’s track team, but they do it right.

“Those kids are well coached and they work hard. I’m really excited for them. I don’t think you know what they accomplished unless you were down here to see it.”

Lewis said the team talked about a trophy before the state meet, but once they arrived in Jefferson City, it was all about the competition.

“We had to get through in every event Friday and we were able to do that,” Lewis said. “I know Cole and Roy wanted to win their events – but they performed well enough to help us get a state trophy.”

We may never see something like this again. I know in 31 years at The Examiner, I’ve never witnessed so few accomplish so much. So let’s have one last hurrah for a team that made our city proud!

Bill Althaus is a sports writer and columnist for The Examiner. Reach him at 350-6333 or bill.althaus@examiner.net. Follow him on Twitter: @AlthausEJC