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Former Lakeland runners race for BadgersSubmitted: 10/09/2018
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
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Former Lakeland runners race for Badgers
MADISON - Everyone who watched Kav FitzPatrick race wanted him on their team, including fellow Lakeland Union alum Andrew Schilling.

"I was trying to recruit him pretty hard, the coaches were trying to get him, his high school coaches were trying to get him to come here," Schilling said.

Those efforts were successful, and one of the best runners the Northwoods has ever seen is getting his first taste of life with the Badgers.

"I've really enjoyed everything so far," FitzPatrick said. "It's great to be part of the team. I have some great teammates, all-around."


Andrew is one of those teammates, and he says training with Kav this time is even better than when they ran together in Minocqua.

"I was three grades above him so we were never really training together that much or racing together that much," Schilling said. "But now that he's here, both of our bodies are fully developed and we're on the same level right now."

For Kevin FitzPatrick, Kav's dad and Lakeland's longtime track and field coach, seeing his son and Andrew at Wisconsin is a point of pride, both personally and for the town of Minocqua.

"If you look at Wisconsin's roster, we're the only high school that's represented by two athletes," Kevin FitzPatrick said.

While Kav likes to look back, he's also focused on what's ahead.

"I'm really looking forward to track season, hopefully doing the outdoor [season] and being able to run the steeplechase," Kav FitzPatrick said.

And he'll run alongside an old friend, with a new name on their uniforms.

Kav will run at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals meet in Madison this Saturday.

He is technically redshirting this cross country season, but NCAA rules still allow him to participate as an un-attached runner.

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