Dalton Hengst continues to surprise McDonogh cross country coach Jeff Sanborn.
The Eagles senior competed in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Havana, Cuba, from May 26-28 as one of 28 track and field athletes (14 boys, 14 girls) invited to represent the United States as part of Team National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. Hengst ran the 1,500 meters, an event Sanborn said is not as popular outside of the U.S.
Hengst won in dramatic fashion, defeating Luis Martinez of Guatemala by 0.2 of a second, crossing the finish line in 3:54.90.
“He was pretty excited because it was a very strategic race,” Sanborn said. “It took him a little while to get out of the pack...