LA CROSSE, Wis. -

It's tough to miss David Stilin on the track.

"He's just one of those quirky guys," UW-L Men's Track and Field Coach Josh Buchholtz said.

"I'm goofy, I guess you could say that," Stilin said.

That's exactly how he tore his A-C-L last May; goofing around.

"It's kind of one of those freak accidents, monkeying around, bunch of guys monkeying around," said Buchholtz.

"I guess I just fell funny," Stilin said. "I mean, it's one of those things, it happens so quick. I heard this terrible crack."

"I thought it was going to be potentially career ending," his head coach said.

Stilin had surgery a few weeks later.

"And the surgery was kind of interesting itself. You know, surgery is always kind of one of those funny things when you get knocked out."

It didn't take long for him to get back up on his feet, though.

"I started kind of running underneath the radar from my mom about two months after that."

That's right. Two months after ACL surgery, Stilin was running again.

"I've always been a quick healer," he said. "I've always had a biological gift for healing quickly."

That biological gift propelled Stilin into the indoor season, where he set a Div. III national championship meet record in the distance medley relay.

That gift is still giving now in the spring. His time in the 1500 meters is the best in Div. 3 this season.

"It's a speedy recovery for a guy to come off an injury like that and do as well as he has done," Buchholtz said. "I was talking with our athletic trainer, and I asked him, could this be Adrian Peterson scenario?"

"I guess I was doing what he was doing. I decided I was going to work my butt off."

But that is, after all, who he is.

"He is one of a kind."

Stilin will compete in the 1,500 meter individual and 4x800 meter relay this weekend. Competion begins Friday morning.