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.
Her slowest lap was her seventh circuit around the track in 76.7. She responded with a 72.9 final lap. Even though Maria Castillo of Saugus (CA) was closing the gap in the final two laps, Hart at times in this race had a 13 second lead. Castillo finished in 10:09.12 but it seemed like she was light years behind.
“I did not now what to expect coming into this race. The atmosphere here was fantastic. There were so many great runners here,” Hart told the crowd after her race. “I just wanted to come here and do my best. I really wanted to push my last mile. I wanted to control myself in the beginning. I usually go out too fast, so I was pleased in how I went out today. I think I was 34 in the first 200. Doing that I knew that I would have more at the end.”
She did just that coming back to run 5:02.4 in her final four laps.
Just another special race from the kid from Glenbard West. I’m sure we will be saying that the next time she steps to the starting line.
Hart’s splits: 72.1 – 2:27.5 (75.4) – 3:43.8 (76.3) – 5:00.1 (76.3) – 6:16.3 (76.2) – 7:32.9 (76.6) – 8:49.6 (76.7) – 10:02.56 (72.9)
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