trio Hart takes gold at Alabama State Games | High school

JON JOHNSON

Like mother, like daughter, like daughter.

Karrie Hart of Dothan won gold in the women’s 5k overall division at the Alabama State Games on Saturday morning and daughters Holley, 15, and Bri, 12, the followed later in the day with races for the gold medal in their age divisions of the 1,500-meter race.

More than 20 Olympic-style events were offered at the State Games, which took place in the Wiregrass throughout the weekend.

“It was just one of those funny little things, like ‘Oh wow, at the end of the day we all three got gold. Who would have thought that? ‘ Karrie said.

Maybe it shouldn’t have been a big surprise that Holley came in first, even though he didn’t train much this summer before the competition.

As a freshman of cross country and track performer at the Houston Academy, Holley finished second in the state in the Class 3A cross country competition last season, third in the mile and was the champion of the track state in the 3,200-meter race.

But as far as Karrie and Bri are concerned, the State Games were among the few races they’ve ever competed in.

“I haven’t really had a big past,” Karrie said. “I just ran with my dad when I was a kid – about 12 years old until I was an adult. We just did it to do something fun together like run the trail (Westgate). It was more like a moment of father-daughter bonding.

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