The former two-time state champion is now a three-time state champion. Everyone thought the superstar Hart was going to come in and wax the competition like she had all season. But remember this is the state championship where the best is supposed to come out of you. It happened a year ago when Hart ran toe for toe with Evanston's Enyaeva Michelin
for 2.5 miles in a masterful race
. The result was a narrow eight-second win- the shortest of her career then. It would occur again despite Hart racing out to personal best checkpoints 5:10 and 10:35. Only the record holder Judy Pendergast
of Naperville North's 5:08/10:26 splits were faster
Hart maintained a strong 5-7 second lead throughout the race solely because Katrina Schlenker and Alex Morris were in hot pursuit. At no time did I think KK would lose. If anything tight situations are character builders and something that she will need with the national post-season on the horizon. The end result was a 15:59 winner for Hart. It rates as the second fastest time ever and the second girl under 16:00. Now, it's on to Terre Haute, Indiana for the Nike Cross Nationals this Sunday 11/11.