Barna, a junior at Ridge, made a strong bid to get under the magical nine-minute barrier as he cranked out a 60.93 final 400 to stop the clock at 9:00.19, the fastest time in the state this season and a new school record.
Barna, who won by 15 seconds over Ian Noble of St. Andrews (9:15.49), destroyed the Ridge record of 9:21.23 set by Ryan Lindrud when he finished first at the 2019 Somerset County Championships. Junior Jacob Heredia of Clifton also set a school record with his third-place time of 9:17.00, breaking the mark of 9:27.64 set in 2014 by Jeremy Hernandez.
After a 4:33.34 first 1600m, Barna picked it up by covering the final 1600 in 4:26.85, including a 2:10.50 last 800!
In the girls 3200m, the Temple-bound Dubac dominated the race, crossing the line first in a NJ No. 6 10:58.30, which broke her own school record of 11:01.22 that she ran to place 10th at the 2019 Outdoor Meet of Champions. Dubac won by 30 seconds over Emma Baeyens of Watchung Hills, who cut 55 seconds off her PR with a runner-up time of 11:28.97.