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Dalton Hengst, a 17-year-old runner from Hellam Township in York County, is one of the fastest high school milers in the country. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com

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Dalton Hengst inched closer to his goal of a sub-4-minute mile Saturday at the prestigious Millrose Games in Manhattan.


The 17-year-old Hellam Township native shaved a second off his personal best to finish third in the high school boys’ mile at 4:08.99. Hengst finished seventh last year in 4:11.24.

Carlisle High School senior Noah Affolder, who won the PIAA Class 3A boys’ cross country title in the fall, won Saturday’s race in 4:07.24. It was an indoor personal best for the future Syracuse runner.

Tennessee’s Brodey Hasty finished second, .80 second off Affolder’s time.

Hengst and Affolder don’t meet in regular high school competition because Hengst attends a boarding school in Owings Mills, Maryland.

A top-ranked distance runner, Hengst is training to break the four-minute barrier.

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