Hart cruises to gold at Meet of Champions

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Devin Hart won the 3200-meter run at Saturday's Meet of Champions. STEVE WEXLER

COLUMBUS – Point Boro’s Devin Hart, along with his coaches, knew the competition at Northern Burlington County Regional High School on Saturday for the Meet of Champions would be strong but it was Hart, a sophomore, who proved the strongest of all.

“I think for a sophomore to run with the poise that he did today speaks for itself,” stated Point Boro head coach Mike Colonna. “He stayed true to the game plan going in. He had said he wanted to kick with 1000 left and he did exactly that and pulled away from the pack.”

Hart ran the best he has all season, finishing the 3200-meter run in a blazing nine minutes, 5.49 seconds.

“We thought that possibly [Matt] Grossman or one of the other guys could have caught him there. We thought maybe he kicked too early but Devin really ran negative splits the last four laps,” noted Colonna. “He closed with a 64, which is incredible to have that much left at the end.”

 

Grossman, who finished second with a time of nine minutes, 11.93 seconds and Matt Santamaria who clocked in at nine minutes, 12.84 seconds for third, were on Hart’s heels through the first four laps. During the fifth was when Hart started creating distance and by the sixth lap he was well out in front of his competitors.

“It seems with him the longer the race the better he gets,” said Colonna with a smile. “Just an awesome day for Devin — there’s a lot to be excited about.”

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