MARYVILLE, Mo. — For the third time in five days, Bishop LeBlond senior Jack Hausman broke a program record.
Hausman etched his name into Golden Eagle history Thursday at the Midland Empire Conference Meet after running a 4:31.46 mile-time, breaking a record set in 1980 by Dennis Gennings.
“It's definitely an exciting feeling to see all your hard work since freshman year pays off at the perfect time,” Hausman said. “It's an honor to be up there with the greats of Bishop LeBlond. It’s a very rewarding feeling.”
On Tuesday at the Maryville High School Relays, Hausman broke two more LeBlond records.
Hausman broke his own record set five days prior with a 4:31.40 in the 1,600-meter while the second came moments later in the 800-meter race, surpassing a mark set in 2003 by Clayton Sanger.
Sanger ran the 800-meter in 2:01.4 while Hausman beat that time, clocking in at 2:00.82.
“Jack is a talent that doesn’t come around very often,” LeBlond coach Kim Huss said. “He has an incredible work ethic and an incredible drive. He has in his head exactly what he wants to achieve.”
Hausman got out to an early lead and never looked back, creating more than a 100-meter gap between him and his teammate Max Robertson on the first lap, who finished behind Hausman with a 4:50.46.
Hausman qualified for the 2015 MSHSAA State Qualifiers in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter race.
Hausman brought home a seventh-place state medal in the 3,200-meter.
Hausman’s mile run is unlike the typical strategy. The senior said his fastest lap is always the first.
“I’ve always run the mile my own way,” Hausman said. “I’ve been running it that way since eighth grade.”
LeBlond placed three times in the top six of the 1,600-meter run including Hausman, Robertson and Max Schieber.
Maryville took the first place overall team score with 195 points while the Eagles finished second with 153 points. Lafayette earned third place with 87 points.