DEFIANCE, Ohio (WTVG) - Defiance senior Mhalicki Bronson is one of the fastest Division II harriers in the state of Ohio this season.
At a meet in Portage, Mich., earlier in the season, Bronson crossed the finish line in a Defiance High School record time of 15 minutes and three tenths of a second.
"It's been more a focused routine with the running," Bronson said. "We've increased mileage a little bit this year. Just been able to hit workouts a lot harder and I've been able to come back from them too and be ready the next day for whatever."
Bronson was only eight seconds off breaking his own school record at the regional meet over the weekend in Tiffin.
Increasing mileage helps to hit 15 flat, but so does improving your diet.
"I work at a pizza place so it's always right there," Bronson said. "You know we have a mess up pizza so might as well grab a slice."
Eating better is a team effort for the Bulldogs.
"It's great pizza," Defiance harrier Cooper Morton said. "It's a hard temptation to give up."
"Sort of had a complete turnaround of the whole Taco Bell, McDonald's, pizza that kind of stuff," Bronson said.
"We try to keep an eye on their iron level," Defiance head coach Obie Mouser said. "Try to make sure they get off the processed foods that can be difficult at times. Try to keep them off of Coke. I don't want to sound like some sort of nutritionist."
Mouser is in year number 44 as the head coach for Defiance so he puts Bronson in the top five conversation of Bulldog harriers. That list includes Mouser's son who later ran at Auburn University.
"They're all tenacious," Mouser said. "They all ... they don't quit. They want to stay there even if it's not going well. He's really methodical. He knows what he's doing. Most of the guys on the team know what they're doing and why we're doing it."
"Once the workout is over, he's the first guy to pat you on the back and say, 'Great job, nice workout,'" Morton said. "And he's the first guy to be cracking jokes after we recover and everything."