The state's top girl distance runner will be up at ready for the challenge on Saturday (Noah Callow photo)
Katelynne Hart I Glenbard West HS; Glenbard, IL l SOPHOMORE
Regional Finish: 2nd place- 17:17
Katelynne Hart made a surprise appearance at the regional meet several weeks ago. The two-time defending state champion as well as twice NXN MW regional champ threw her hat into the ballot. Hart admitted that it was hard to just qualify and not necessarily go all out for the victory. The top 10 placers advance and now the seriousness begins on Saturday. Hart is coming off of an extraordinary effort last weekend in Portland where she placed 4th against a brutal NXN field. It will be just as difficult in this last final for Hart. If all goes well she should be among the top 5 finishers on the rugged Balboa Park course.