The most lethal kick of the weekend belonged to Glenbard West (IL) High sophomore Katelynne Hart in 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.
Starliper was fourth in 4:46.80.
Finals 1 Hart, Katelynne 20 Glen Ellyn, Il 4:45.47 2 Starcher, Victoria 20 Ripley, WV 4:46.32 3 Lee, Katherine 18 Wading River, NY 4:46.61 4 Starliper, Marlee 20 Wellsville, PA 4:46.80 5 Flynn, Lily 19 New Rochelle, NY 4:48.26 6 Parks, Taryn 20 Greencastle, PA 4:49.31 7 Jenks, Lucy 20 Newton, MA 4:51.29 8 Shaw, Savannah 18 Pittsburgh, PA 4:51.99