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Kugel Has State Championship and UW in His Sights

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Oregon senior mid distance runner Hudson Kugel closes out the season building towards one final race that will name him a state champion, then it's onto the University of Wisconsin to run for the Badgers.

Kugel set his school's 800 meter run record (1:54.97) at the state meet last season, but came away with a second place finish. 

"I try to make my first lap really fast.  I try to get out and whatever I got left in the last four hundred."  Said Kugel. "It would be pretty cool to break a state record."

In his fourth season as the head coach at Oregon, Ned Lease has used Kugel in other areas during the season to build Kugel's speed.

"He has come down from the mile in his career. He runs an awesome four hundred." Said Lease. "We have put him in a lot of two hundreds this year to develop that speed."

Kugel signed a national letter of intent to walk on with the UW Track and Field team next season. Once Kugel sets foot on campus he will be a fourth generation member of his family to attend Wisconsin.

"The ability to go where my dad went, and my grandpa went, where my great grandpa went is a really cool experience." Said Kugel.

Kugel's great grand father, Art Johnson attended UW from 1923-1927 and played football for the Badgers. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Art's wife Cecelia Johnson also attended UW from 1924-1928.

Kugel's grand father Maurice Johnson attended UW from 1951 to 1954. He started out on the football team, but an injury pushed him towards the men's rowing team and eventually the Olympic trials in 1953.

Kugel's father Michael Kugel attended UW from 1989 to 1997 and graduated with a degree in Atmospheric Science. He was part of a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.

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