Colin and Randy Hahn ran away with the Middle School Division at Saturday’s MileStat Invitational held at Pocahontas State Park. The Matoaca students traversed the 4K course in 13:44 and 14:03, respectively, easily outpacing the field. The 1-2 finish is nothing new for the brothers, who have duplicated that result in each of their middle school meets this fall.
Colin, an eighth grader, went out for cross country just “for something to do athletically,” he said. He found that he was pretty successful, and, gradually, running surpassed other sports as his passion. Randy, a year younger, simply followed in his older sibling’s footsteps.
The youngsters are the sons of Dr. Randy Hahn, pastor at Colonial Heights Baptist Church.
“He was a terrific high school runner competing for state championships in Texas,” Colin said of his dad’s prowess. “He earned a scholarship to Texas A&M, one of the nation’s elite track and field schools. … Eventually he chose the ministry over his pursuit of middle distance running.” The elder Hahn is still a competitive runner, now hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Colin and Randy are hoping to lead the Matoaca Middle School team to another strong showing in the Chesterfield County meet, which will be held in two weeks. Colin is one of the favorites to win the individual title. It’s a safe bet little brother will be right behind pushing.