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Performer of the Year Dalton Hengst, McDonogh
(Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Dalton Hengst was the Performer of the Year for indoor track and may have fared even better this spring.

At the MIAA championship meet, Hengst won the 1,600 in 4:24.46 and the 3,200 in 9:28.10. He came in second in the 800, giving winner Kenny Rowe of Loyola a fight until the last few strides, and ran on the 1,600 relay team that finished fourth overall.

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Hengst ran some spectacular times this season, the best of which might have been 4:10.4 in the mile (which converts to 4:08.9 in the 1,600). He also finished second in the New York Relays Invite Mile and fourth at the Penn Relays High School Mile.

Jeff Sanborn, a long-time McDonogh coach who no longer coaches outdoor track for the school but still works with Hengst, said the sophomore simply wants to become one of the fastest distance runners who has ever come out of the state of Maryland.

"[His] success was based on his combination of speed and strength matched with his commitment and grit," Sanborn said. "[He] had a remarkable sophomore year."

The bad news for Hengst's opponents is that he probably will only get better. Hengst already won the MIAA cross country championship last fall and then, during indoor track, captured the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters — all on the same day, a most difficult task.

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