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West Allis teen wins state cross country meet by almost 20 seconds

Posted at 10:47 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 10:11:47-05

WEST ALLIS — It's a parade fit for a champion.

"State Cross Country Champion," West Allis Hale Principal Matt Lesar said.

"I'm just so grateful for all the love and support that Nathan Hale and West Allis have shown me," Joshua Truchon says. "It means the world to me. I'm so glad I live here."

Joshua Truchon of West Allis Hale won the state cross country meet by nearly 20 seconds.

"I was thinking, man, why is this chute so long!" Truchon says. "Like, I saw it. And then I put the pedal down, like that final chute sprint. And the chute did not end!"

Being a state champ, you would think Josh would be brimming with confidence as an elite level runner. But, he had a reaction like most of us who are just casual runners.

"Most of the thoughts in my head were, on my gosh, this is scary. Am I running fast enough? I don't know. And then, that was it for like the first mile. But then after that, it was just like, stay on it."

And while some may look back at 2020 and roll their eyes? Joshua is rolling with a positive outlook.

"2020 is a weird year," Truchon says. "But I guess things aren't all that bad. So, it's a nice silver lining, and the weird circumstances make it, more memorable."

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