Fayatteville Manlius NY runner Alex Hatz (pictured left on his way to the 2009 NYS Indoor 1000 title - photo by John Nepolitan), who many have considered the man to beat in New York this upcoming cross country season -- based on his great junior year which included a 4:06.11 1600 win at the NY State meet and a 4:07.28 runner up finish at the Nike Outdoor Nationals -- had to undergo surgery on his kidneys this past Friday. According to a statement by Coach Bill Aris posted on Tullyrunners.com, Hatz is doing well and should be home in a few days.
An update as of Sunday, August 23rd at 9am in an e-mail from Coach Aris to John Nepolitan of dyestatmetro:
"... as it turns out, Alex will be coming home this evening. He is doing well and is eager to recover and help his team (provided everything progresses according to plan, and with no risks to his health) in the 2nd half of the season. We'll see how it goes."
The full note from Coach Aris as found on Tullyrunners.com is posted below:
Note From FM Coach Bill Aris: On Friday August 21 in a NYC hospital, Alex Hatz of Fayetteville-Manlius underwent a surgical procedure to correct a defect involving the connective 'plumbing' to one of his kidneys. The procedure was completed successfully and without complication. Alex was in good spirits Friday evening and resting in his hospital room.
He will spend a few days in the NYC hospital recuperating, followed by a few weeks of 'taking it easy' back home in Manlius. A complete recovery is expected, followed by a gradual return to normal activities, including running, which he expects to commence by late September.
At Alex and his family request, please direct any communications and/or request for further detail of Alex's situation to my e-mail address: email@example.com as Alex will be relaxing and recovering in the near term.