ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Rice Lake's Kenny Bednarek

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RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- What do you get when the fastest kid in Wisconsin meets up with an out-of-shape sports anchor on a track? The answer, a one-on-one interview with Rice Lake's Kenny Bednarek and yours truly - with a little twist at the end. Kenny is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

Kenny Bednarek. State track & field your junior year, you get a gold medal in the 400 meter dash, you get a gold medal in the 200 meter dash, and a silver medal in the 4x400 meter relay, your team takes the runner-up trophy in Division 2. How good did that feel when Saturday was all said and done?

"I mean, it felt really great. When we got done with the 4x400, Coach came up and said we got state runner-up. It brought a lot of happiness to me and the whole team, and it was pretty amazing."

You take home two gold medals. You're now the back-to-back champion in the 400 meter dash, back-to-back in the 200 meter dash. How good did it feel to defend both of your titles?

"It felt great being back-to-back. It's pretty nice to know that I can be one of the fastest kids in Wisconsin and defend it each year."

That 200 meter dash finish between you and Kyle Thomas of River Valley may be the best race of the entire weekend. How were you able to squeak out the victory?

"You know, I guess it's that 400 stamina I got into me. He slowed down a bit and then we were neck-and-neck. It came to the tilt and we both pulled in and I got on top."

Your first gold medal of the meet was the 400 meter dash, the race that you're known for and that you excel at. You entered regionals looking to break the state record, and you run a 47-flat. Three days later at sectionals, you break your own state record at 46.19 seconds. We're you looking to beat that again at state?

"You know, I went in wanting to get a 45.00, but after the first day I kind of realized that I probably wasn't going to get it. I just wanted to get that 46.00 and I got the job done.

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