Mike Newman, Dyestat
"It has come to the point that when ever Glenbard West’s Katelynne Hart steps onto the track, something special happens. It happened again on a 65-degree evening on the Arcadia High School track in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
Hart is only a sophomore but does not race like her age. In crossing the finish line in winning the Girls Invitational 3200 Meter Run in the second fastest time ever for an Illinois Girls athlete (10:02.56). Only Kayla Beattie and the 9:56.96 that she ran at the 2011 Girls State Championships is faster. After Saturday’s race, Hart will have her sights on that time. She has more than two years to cut six more seconds off her new personal best.
It was no surprise that Hart took the lead as soon as the gun went off. Corie Smith of Buchanan High School (CA), another sophomore, was the only runner that stayed with the Illinois runner after the first two laps. Smith is not your average runner. She won the California D1 State Championships in the fall. Then again, Hart is not your average runner either.
Hart went through 1600-meters in a blazing 5:00.1 suddenly moving away from Smith gaining five seconds in the next 400-meters. Hart as a freshman would stick at running 78-79 laps in the middle of the race. It’s a year later. She has more confidence in her talent. She has more desire not to et anyone finish ahead of her.
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The most lethal kick of the weekend belonged to Glenbard West (IL) High sophomore Katelynne Hartin the girls 1-mile at New Balance on Sunday.
With Northern (PA) High sophomore Marlee Starliper commanding much of the race from the front over the first seven and a half laps, a secondary pack emerged with Hart and Greencastle (PA) High's Taryn Parks.
Hart initially had to navigate that struggle -- and probably added about meters to her race -- the race's first six and a half laps before realizing she needed to take charge in the last 200m. But she ultimately had no problem doing that, chasing down Starliper from down as much as 50 or 60 meters.
The former soccer player surged in the final 50 meters, touching home for a winning time and personal indoor record time of 4:45.47 to win her first indoor national title. West Virginia's Victoria Starcher did the same thing, overcoming a huge deficit to start to finish second in 4:46.32 while Shoreham-Wading River (NY) High's Katherine Lee was third in 4:46.61.
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