Marianne Mihas Beats Illinois Legend Katelynne Hart


Paige Hosbein, Digital Media Editor

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With a simple google search, anyone can see that junior Marianne Mihas is a running star.
But last Thursday, March 5th, Mihas took her running career to the next level and made history at the North Central College Cardinal Classic Invitational in Naperville. She was the first runner ever to beat the famed Katelynne Hart on the track in Illinois, edging her in the 800-meter race by 0.32 seconds, and with a blazing fast time of 2:11.48. She missed the meet record by a mere hundredth of a second.
MileSplit even wrote an article about the race in anticipation that said, “the 800m field that’s assembled could possibly be the deepest in terms of star power short of the 3A state final cast”—an article that also referred to sophomore Ava Parekh as “the early season indoor MVP.” 
As the smiling post-race photos of hers indicate, Mihas is excited and optimistic for her future outdoor track season. Mihas said, “I’m just happy. I know I have a lot more left to give. I know I can only get better.”
Coach Jim Spivey, the former Olympic distance runner who creates the workouts for Latin’s distance squad, said, “For Marianne, this was a good test of her attitude, mental preparation, and, of course, nerves. Knowing that you will be racing one of the best ever runners in Illinois history, who has never lost on Illinois soil to a high school runner, adds to the pressure. Marianne was able to keep the emotions in check, and run the race she had envisioned the day before. The results were amazing, and multiple runners including Ava who ran a personal best were pushed to excellence. Great day for Latin School track and field!”
Video of the race: