Hannah DeBalsi — Staples’ sweet-looking, but super-fast and ultra-competitive runner — placed 2nd this morning, at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego.
Hannah’s time of 17:26 makes her the fastest sophomore in the nation. At the finish line she trailed only Tessa Barrett, a senior from Waverly, Pennsylvania.
Congratulations, Hannah! And if you’re smart, you’ll stay out in California for a few days. It’s a lot easier to run on their beaches than ours this weekend.
video of the race can be seen @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmbRmsK8XD4
Way to go Hannah! Westport is proud.
Hannah is amazing! She has great things ahead of her.
Great job, Hannah. Congratulations!
What an exciting race! Last year there was Henry Wynne and now there’s Hannah DeBalsi! Who knew cross country running could be so exciting? Hannah has been amazing this year, setting course records at every meet and winning the New England championship . Now she finishes second in the Nationals to a senior. We have two more years to enjoy Hannah. You go girl!
Hats off to her coaches Amanda, Malcolm, and of course Laddie Lawerence. It’s not an accident that we have two amazing champions in two years.
What a terrific accomplishment! While Hannah obviously has some natural gifts and good coaching, distance running requires so much discipline and independent hard work. And to achieve so much and while still a Sophomore is extraordinary. Among the many records she has broken in her short career are the mile records at Staples which were set by my daughter Francesca 19 years ago. Francesca knew her name would be coming down off the wall one of these days, but there is an element of pride knowing who broke the record. Way to go, Hannah!
Hannah’s post-race quote is a classic: “My main goal was to make whoever beats me, hurt.” [http://www.gametimect.com/staples-hannah-debalsi-claims-2nd-place-foot-locker-cross-country-nationals/] Lol. My legs hurt just watching the race!
Even better than her speed is Hannah’s sweet nature and humility. Way to go, Hannah!
I’m always cheering for Hannah, whatever her goals may be. Shout out to her brother Devon, whose short story in 8th grade I still remember vividly…