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Featured Athlete of the Week: Kieran Mullen
MINOCQUA - Lakeland Union's boys nordic ski team won the Northern Conference last week, which has been the tradition for many years. 

As a team, they will try and capture its fourth consecutive state title this weekend. 

And at the front of the group, is senior Kieran Mullen.

"I'm not really nervous, I just think it'll be fun to go ski fast," said Mullen.

Last week, he won the Northern Conference individual Nordic ski title for the second year in a row.

"I felt good this year, just strength and technique all coming together," said Mullen.

He battled injuries and illness last year. But this season, he's feeling more like himself.

"Basically the driving factor to compete and to win is because I think it's fun to train hard and it's fun to go fast," said Mullen.

Mullen was sick earlier this week so he caught up on practicing by himself of Wednesday. 

Fellow teammate, Kav FitzPatrick recognizes that drive from Mullen has been a big factor in the teams' success.

"He's the captain of our team this year and he was last year, he does show some pretty strong leadership qualities that everybody on the team appreciates and needs," said FitzPatrick.

Mullen is the defending state champion in the classic race. Now he wants to take it a step further and win all three individual events in Hayward this weekend.

"If I ski well, I would say that it is a fair analysis that I should win," said Mullen.

Mullen is hoping to advance on to the Junior Nationals meet at the beginning of March at Soldier Hollow in Utah.

Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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