MELROSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Believe it or not, the fastest man in Wisconsin runs at Melrose-Mindoro High School: Alex Hatlevig.
"Kind of a small school out of the whole big state, that's pretty cool to know that I'm that one person," Hatlevig said.
Last week, he ran the 100 meter dash in 10.79 seconds. That's the fastest time in Wisconsin this year, and it ties a Dairyland Conference record set back in 1985.
"This one just felt really good. When I heard my time I was like, wow! It was good!"
"It's kind of neat to have the fastest 100, 200 kid in the state of Wisconsin at Melrose-Mindoro," said Mustangs Track and Field Coach Deb Schaefer. "It's really neat."
Since that meet, a new fast time for the state has been set with Middleton's Ernest Winters running the 100 in 10.65 seconds on Tuesday.
The Melrose-Mindoro senior still has the quickest marks in the state in Division 3 both in the 100 and 200 in 2014.
Hatlevig, a UW-Milwaukee recruit, is the defending Div. 3 state champion in the 100 and 200. That's amazing, especially when you consider the Mustangs don't have a real track.
"Most of the running we do is just trying to stay off the track because it's so bad. It's concrete. It always gives you shin splints. A lot of people are dealing with shin splints right now," Hatlevig said.
"Melrose-Mindoro kids are tough," said Schaefer. "We talk about it and we do what we can. We train on the football field, we train on the cross country trails."
"We run out on the trails. That's the only thing we can run on because it's the softest thing. It won't do as much damage to our bodies," Hatlevig said.
"We deal with what we have."
Hatlevig stays positive.
"I like being out in the woods," he said.
His opponents for next week's Regionals, however, are probably anything but positive. They're up against the fastest man in Wisconsin.
"There's a target on his back, and that's a good thing," Schaefer said. "That makes him run that much faster and he's just fun to watch. If anybody gets a chance to watch him, he's just amazing."
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