Men's Cross Country / First-Year / Jacksonville, Fla.
Majors: Computer Science and Pre-Med
Alexander Hastings is a first-year runner on the UChicago men's cross country team. At Wheaton College's Gil Dodds Invitational on Saturday, Hastings placed 10th overall in an elite field of 193 runners. He crossed the finish line in 25:41 in the men's 8K race.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "I was really impressed with the attitude Alex raced with this past weekend. Going up against the teams that placed top two in the country last year and with the No. 4 and No. 9 ranked individuals in the nation in the meet, Alex went right to the front of the field and led the race for about 6,000 meters before begin overtaken in the last 2K. Often I would have looked at this as a foolish mistake by a first-year, but the fact that Alex did not start exceptionally fast but simply ran what he was capable of in the early stages of the race showed great confidence in himself. He also continued to battle really well over the last 2K and although fading to 10th overall, he did not ever give up. His time puts him No. 10 on our all-time frosh honor roll at a very early stage of the season."
Teammate Tim Koenning: "Though it is still early in the season, Alex has already proven that he is capable of playing an important role on a championship team. He has shown no signs of difficulty adjusting to the 8K race distance, and this weekend he proved that he is not intimidated by facing elite competitors. Whether or not he's aware of it, Alex is capable of making big moves later in the season when the stakes are raised. I have no doubt that he can push himself to some remarkable performances when it counts. If he keeps putting in the work at practice as he has been all summer, we're sure to see some great races from him in November."
Hastings Quick Facts
- In his free time, Alex likes to do anything outdoors, including hiking, biking, kayaking and spikeball.
- Alex has backpacked across Europe with his high school best friend and did a month long intenship in Shanghai, China.
- Alex's pre-race ritual includes always needing a song to play during a race, watching a dramatic movie the night before, and on the starting line he's used to a New Zealand rugby ritual called the Haka.
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