Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Michael Hart placed first overall with a time of 2:41:18 in the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Hart participated in the full marathon, stretching a distance of 26.2 miles. Hart was one of about 5,100 participants in the Duke City Marathon.
Hart competed in the Duke City Marathon in 2010, the first time ever competing in a full marathon. Hart received a medal for his first place finish.
Hart was the only Aggie who participated in the men's marathon. Hart beat out two runners from UNM during the marathon on his way to first place.
"Winning the marathon was another way to stick it to the Lobos," Hart said.
Hart said he was able to pass the first-place runner with two miles left in the marathon to take possession of first place. Hart never gave up first place after taking it over.
"There is a lot more room to make up time in a marathon compared to an 8K," Hart said. "It makes it easier to make up time since a marathon is so much longer."
Michael Hart's brother James also competed in the Duke City Marathon by running the half marathon, finishing third overall with a time of 1:16:33.
Sophomore Liz Mata also competed in the Duke City Marathon, finishing with a time of 1:42:31 for third overall. Mata placed third overall in the 20-24 age group, becoming the highest-placing 20-year-old in the event.
All three Aggies participated in the event independently since the Duke City Marathon has no NCAA affiliation.
"I am insanely proud of these athletes," said assistant coach Meaghan Harkins. "I witnessed first-hand their hard work during the season and it is great to see their hard work come into fruition."