This Weekend: The Greatest In Westport Sports History?

How great was it?

Consider these performances at the New Balance Outdoor Track Championships — the national meet — at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.

  • Today, Staples’ phenomenal senior Henry Wynne won the mile, in 4:07.84.
  • Yesterday, Wynne anchored the 4 x 800 relay team to 3rd in the nation. He and Peter Elkind, Patrick Nolan and Walker Marsh roared to a school record 7:42.11. Wynne’s split was a crazy-fast 1:48.93.
Henry Wynne, earlier this year in an indoor race.  (Photo courtesy of MSG Varsity)

Henry Wynne, earlier this year in an indoor race. (Photo courtesy of MSG Varsity)

  • Staples’ equally phenomenal freshman Hannah DeBalsi finished 3rd in yesterday’s 2-mile. Her 10:16.20 sets a national 9th grade record.
  • Today DeBalsi anchored the distance medley relay team — including Erica Hefnawy, Emily Troelstra and Tyler Scanlin — to a bronze medal (and state record): 11:53.61. DeBalsi’s mile  split was an amazing 4:48.
Hannah DeBalsi, in a meet earlier this spring. (Photo/Bob Luckey)

Hannah DeBalsi, in a meet earlier this spring. (Photo/Bob Luckey)

  • Wynne, DeBalsi and both relay teams earned All-American status. Congratulations to Staples’ fantastic runners, and their coaches Laddie Lawrence and Jesse McCray.

As if that wasn’t enough, Noah Arthurs just set the North American record for solving 16 Rubik’s cubes successfully — while blindfolded!

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9 responses to “This Weekend: The Greatest In Westport Sports History?

  1. Didn’t have Noah but Ashley Moran’s son Walker was in the relay. These are all amazing kids!

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  2. These accomplishments should be submitted to Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” section!!

  3. Impossible to decide which of these three feats is the most awesome. I’m
    calling it a tie. Athleticism with either the feet or the hands is to be applauded. Congratulation young men and women.

  4. An incredible national meet for the Staples runners! Individual and relay team honors!!

    (And a neighbor just north of Westport- Emily Savage of Weston High School won the Girl’s National Pole Vault championship)

  5. Peter Gambaccini

    I’m thrilled for Laddie’s track program. Good luck to Henry in Virginia, and to Hannah for three more years at Staples.

  6. Fred Cantor

    Tremendous accomplishments–even the legendary Per Haar would have been impressed by these performances. Is it possible we will be seeing Henry and Hannah in future Olympics?

    And speaking of national records, for those of you who don’t know, Dan was a member of the 1970 Staples soccer team, which finished its season with 16 consecutive shutouts. The 1971 team opened up with 9 consecutive shutouts. That streak of 25 shutouts remains a national record for boys soccer more than 40 years later. So here’s to Dan, who was part of a national record-setting team himself!

    • Thanks, Fred — though my contributions were FAR less substantial than your own, and many of our other teammates!

  7. Speaking of records, among the many records broken by Hannah this year was the Staples 1600M record which had been held for 19 years by my daughter, Francesca. Records are made to be broken, but both Henry and Hannah have taken that expression to new levels. Great job….a reflection of very hard work and fine coaching. As for the Rubik’s guy….equally extraordinary.

  8. Brett Aronow

    Congratulations to all the SHS runners and the Weston pole vaulter… This shows how obviously athleticism, but amazingly hard work and perseverance pays off. And congratulations to all the coaches as well.
    (We were very excited with the new technology to get to watch all the races as a family live-streaming!)