Randy Hahn has spent the fall carrying on the family tradition of breaking cross country records at Matoaca Middle School. Hahn, an eighth grader, has spent the last two seasons running in the shadow of his brother Collin. The elder Hahn broke all of Matoaca’s distance records, some dating back to the early 1980’s. Those records now all appear to be in jeopardy, with Randy breaking Collin’s Matoaca cross country course record by a full 10 seconds.
It has been a banner year for the Hahn family as Collin has taken his talents to Midlothian High School, running for the legendary Stan Morgan. Earlier in the season, Collin ran the state’s fastest freshman 5K time. Slowed by a minor hip injury, Collin ran strong, but dissappointing times in both the Central Region and State Cross Country Championships. Much of the talk around the region this fall has centered, though, on the “little brother.”
Randy has dominated Middle School competition this fall. He swept through the season undefeated and then won both the individual titles in the Southern Division and the Chesterfield County Meets. His nearest competition was nearly a minute behind his pace. In winning the County Meet, Randy became the first Matoaca runner to win that honor since Michael Gholson in 1982. Randy also took gold in both the Maymont Cross Country Festival and the MileStat Invitational. Both races included some of Virginia’s outstanding middle school talent. At Maymont, Randy bested Fork Union’s Alex Lomong, brother of US 1500M Olympian Lopez Lomong.
Randy, like his older brother, favors the Steve Prefontaine mentality when it comes to racing. “When I can see my fellow competitor start to waiver, I try to kick up a notch. More often than not, this allows me to extend the lead in a tight race,” commented Hahn. The philosophy carried him from a stride for stride competition to more than a minute victory over Lomong.
Randy continues to train with Collin, but more often now it’s on their bikes. Collin is usually running with his high school teammates. Randy hopes to join Collin next year in Midlothian’s IB program.
A well-rounded student, Randy loves Math and Science. He studies Spanish and is a top violinist in the school orchestra. He looks forward to spending time with his friends this winter playing rec league basketball for O.B. Gates. “I look forward to playing for fun.”
Come March, Randy will again focus his attention on the track. He looks forward to his assault on the Matoaca records in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter races. If all goes according to plan, Matoaca’s coaches will only have to change the first name when updating their record books.