Katelynne Hart Debuted In 2020 With The No. 4 5K Of All-Time

* Katelynne Hart was the lone high school athlete in an established field in Boston on Saturday

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Buried beneath a herculean effort from American distance star Jenny Simpson on Saturday was another from a promising young athlete from Illinois. 

Simpson, an Olympic medalist and World Champion, was dazzling at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, winning the women's 5,000 meters in a No. 3 all-time American effort of 14:58.65, a performance that currently ranks No. 1 in the world right now. 

But not to be forgotten was ninth-place, the final finisher in that incredibly fast first section. Glenbard West's (IL) Katelynne Hart finished in 16:09.56, which ranks No. 4 all-time in the high school history books. 

And it was her first entry into the 5,000 meters on the track as a high school athlete. 

It also marked Hart's first race of 2020 after a busy cross country season that saw her win her fourth straight Illinois state cross country championship, qualify and finish in her fourth straight Nike Cross Nationals and score a fourth-place finish at Foot Locker Nationals, her third top fop effort overall. She was on MileSplit's all-decade third team

Hart, a University of Michigan signee, is the No. 4 ranked recruit in the Class of 2020.

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