For the first time in 31 years, an American man won the Boston Marathon. As a state champion and straight-A student at Boardman, Our Student Athlete of the Week may not be far behind.
“Meb Keflezighi is a great runner, and for him to do that was pretty awesome,” Hadley said. “It almost brings a little tear to your eye. It definiely puts a smile on your face. It makes you want to get out there and work a little bit. I got a workout today, and I’m going to have a little pep in my step because of that.”
Mark Hadley loves running. When it’s come to cross country, he’s the best. Hadley has qualified for State each of the last three years, and brought back the Division One Championship this season, finishing first by more than eleven seconds.
“It’s always about pushing yourself. There’s not always that competition you need to make yourself work, so it’s very mental. Sometimes you gotta just turn your mind off completely. It’s something that I’ve learned to do just shut off and go.”
In the classroom, Hadley is just as competitive. He carries a 3.9 GPA, and will attend Furman University this Fall on scholarship.
“School comes first,” Hadley admitted. “I can be running fantastically, and I can be winning State and doing everything. But it doesn’t matter if I’m failing in school, so I gotta get those grades.”
This spring, his focus is track. He’s a two-time All-State performer, and holds two school records at Boardman.
“I do this every day. It’s just like the practice thing. I’ve put my hardest work in at practice. If I just go out there and run, I’m going to win. That’s the attitude that I have this year,” he added.