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Former champs return to spotlight at WIAA State Track and Field Meet

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)  Hundreds of  Wisconsin's top prep track athletes forced to wait Saturday in their chase for glory.
   Thunderstorms forced a nearly 6-hour delay of day two of the WIAA State Track and Field Championships.
    So that was the first hurdle to clear.
For some of our local athletes, the wait was worth it.
Two events and two repeat championships in the Coulee Region.
Melrose-Mindoro's Alex Hatlevig repeats in the 100 meter dash.
Logan claims the girls 4 x 200 meter relay title for the 3rd straight season.

"It's crazy and it's so exciting.  But we've earned it.  We work really hard for it 6 out of the 7 days of the week.  We definitely earned what we're feeling right now," said Logan's Chloe Malin.
"It's really exciting.  We try not to put expectations on ourselves.  Just work our hardest.  It just ended up working for us.  Our expectations are there but we really never think about those.  We just push those aside and do our best,"  said Ashley Sprain.

For Hatlevig, the target has been as on his back on all season, but the Melrose-Mindoro senior capped his career off in style by winning the 100 meter dash in a time of 10.99 seconds.
He also repeated with a 200 meter dash win in division 3.

"Going across in first was just a great feeling.  Same as last year, just amazing knowing I'm the fastest in the state," Hatlevig said.

Hatlevig is moving on to UW-Milwaukee as a champion.
As for the logan girls,  all 4 runners  return with their eyes on a four-peat.



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