* Note: You can view the archived version of Hart's LIVE commitment on MileSplit's Instagram
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On Wednesday in front of family and friends, Glenbard West High School senior Katelynne Hart, the No. 4 recruit in MileSplit's Class of 2020 rankings, pledged to the University of Michigan during a well attended commitment announcement inside the school.
Among her four other official visits were the University of North Carolina, the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University.
Hart, a 10-time state champion in Illinois, is one of the country's premier recruits of her class, owning PRs of 2:10.81 in the 800m, 4:21.91 in the 1,500m, 4:38.00 in the 1,600m, 4:39.57 in the full mile, 9:59.57 in the 3,200m and 9:56.13 for two miles. She's a two-time runner-up at Foot Locker Nationals and a three-time Nike Cross Nationals All-American, with PRs of 15:59.82 for 3-miles and 17:01.00 for 5K.
Hart has etched her name among the immortals of Illinois distance running regardless of gender.
From the gun as a freshman, she took over the figurative mantle left by the great Judy Pendergast (Naperville North), becoming the state's top runner, and before she leaves she might set a bar that may never be broken.
The Glenbard West High School senior has won over 90-percent of the races that she has competed in across the spectrum, which includes an unblemished record against in-state foes, both at invitationals and during the postseason.
Hart is also a three-time defending 3A state cross country champion going for her fourth in 2019.
No Illinois girl or boy is as decorated as Hart.
It has been a long and arduous process to pick a college to attend and compete for the state's most prominent student-athlete.
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High School PB's in a nutshell
|300 Meter Dash||44.41|
|800 Meter Run||2:10.63|
|1500 Meter Run||4:27.08|
|1600 Meter Run||4:44.42|
|One Mile Run||4:45.47|
|3000 Meter Run||9:17.83|
|3200 Meter Run||10:02.46|
|Two Mile Run||9:58.42|
|800 Meter Run||2:10.81|
|1500 Meter Run||4:21.91|
|1600 Meter Run||4:38.00|
|One Mile Run||4:39.57|
|3000 Meter Run||9:37.90|
|3200 Meter Run||9:52.02|
|Two Mile Run||9:56.13|
|4000 Meter Run||14:34.00|
|2.x Mile Run (CC Short Course)||16:12.44|
|3.x Mile Run||17:14.40|
|Three Mile Run||15:59.82|
|5000 Meter Run||17:01.00|