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Local runner Olin Hacker extending family's legacy

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- From a young age, Olin Hacker knew he wanted to be a runner.

"Both my brothers ran in high school, and just coming out and watching them race, I just  knew that's what I wanted to do," Olin Hacker said,

"I really enjoy it, I normally try to clear my head and just focus on what's happening in the race. Focus on how other people are doing around me."

Most of the time, it's runners behind him. Hacker is the defending WIAA Division-One cross country individual state champion.

"If he isn't the best runner to come out of West High School, he's certainly one of them," Madison West cross country coach Tom Kaufman said.

"He's really modest, he doesn't brag about his times. He's just an all around great guy," Madison West senior Kyle Kolar said. 

It's hard for Olin to brag because whatever he's done has been done before in his own family.

His father Tim Hacker won two individual cross country state titles in 1979 and 80. Olin also has four uncles and a cousin who own cross country state championships. Of the Hackers, Jeff Hacker won a team title in 1976 and individual titles in 1976, 1977, Mike Hacker won a team title in 1976, Bill Hacker won a team title in 1982 and an individual title in 1984. Uncle Steve Lacy won individual titles in 1972, 1973 and cousin Andrew Lacy won individual titles in 2004, 2005.

"This is really becoming a legacy and to see your own kids add to that is pretty incredible," Tim Hacker said.

"It's really fun to live up to what they've done before me and add more titles to the Hacker name," Olin Hacker said.

It's been quite a run for this family, but this weekend Olin has a chance to do something none of his relatives have ever accomplished. Olin can win a second individual title along with a second team title at the state meet.

"I'll be so happy for him, he does like to kid me on the things he's beaten me on. I still have a few things on him so he can take away what he can," Tim Hacker said.

Taking both titles, that's Hacker's hope, but he'd be plenty satisfied helping his Regent team once again become kings of the cross country course.

"If I get the individual title, that's cool because I've worked hard, but seven people have worked hard for the team title. All the runners on the varsity team are seniors and almost all of us have run together for four years. I want that team title so much," Olin Hacker said.

 The state cross country meet is Saturday, November 1 in Wisconsin Rapids.

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