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THE WINNER: Olin Hacker
School: Madison West (Madison, Wis.)
Weight: 130 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to second place at the Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season, crossing the line in 15:13. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Hacker also earned second place at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, crossing the line in 15:12. Hacker was one of only four boys prep runners nationally to earn All-American status at both national title races this fall. The three-time First Team All-State selection captured the Division 1 individual championship this fall, breaking the tape in 14:59.1 and leading the Regents to a state title as a team.
Academic excellence: Hacker has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as a youth track & field coach.
“Olin Hacker is clearly one of the best runners in Wisconsin history,” said Mike Heling, head coach at Kimberly High. “When we competed against him, he handled himself with humility and respect for the sport.”
THE FUTURE: Hacker has signed with Wisconsin.