Another Amazing Weekend For Henry And Hannah

Henry Wynne and Hannah DeBalsi — quite possibly the 2 best runners in Staples history — have done it again.

Yesterday, Wynne — a 2013 Staples grad — won the NCAA Division I national indoor mile championship. The University of Virginia junior held off a challenger at the end of the very tactical race, finishing in 4:06.63 at Birmingham, Alabama.

Cavalier distance coach Pete Watson said. “Nine months ago, he left Oregon after his first trip to the NCAA Championships and committed himself to being great. He matured (and) became focused….We mapped out the race plan this morning and Henry followed it perfectly.”

His championship race was several seconds off his best time — a sub-4:00 mile — but the winner’s medal hanging around his neck says it all.

Henry Wynne - national champion

Meanwhile, Hannah DeBalsi shattered Connecticut’s 5,000-meter record, with a 16:32.26 race at the New Balance Indoor National Championship at the New York Armory.

Staples’ Stanford-bound senior finished 4th overall. The winner set a new US record.

Hannah DeBalsi, waaaayy out in front in a race earlier this season. (Photo/Ed Martin)

Hannah DeBalsi, waaaayy out in front in a race earlier this season. (Photo/Ed Martin)

And what did you do this weekend?

To read more on Wynne’s race from Cavalier Insider, click here. For details on, click here. Click here for DeBalsi’s post-race interview. For a YouTube interview with Wynne, click below:

(Hat tips: Jeff Mitchell and Peter Gambaccini)

6 responses to “Another Amazing Weekend For Henry And Hannah

  1. Joanne Heller

    Congratulations to Hannah and Henry, two very talented runners!

  2. Peter Gambaccini

    I guess this makes Westport one of the Running Capitals of America

  3. Ann Marie Flynn

    It’s definitely helping to put us on the runners American progression list…..and tells a tale of how good our coaches are too!
    Having been a member of our USA Olympic team and the winner of a Pan-American gold medal, I’m aware that it can “take a village” to produce a champion when you have a young athlete who is willing to devote time, energy and focus to performing at a championship level.
    Big congratulations to Hannah and Henry. I’m delighted they are having “the best times of their lives.”

  4. Julie Van Norden

    As Henry’s mother, I can say that he owes it all to the incredible coaching and support from Laddie Lawrence and Malcolm Watson. Obviously he’s getting great coaching at UVA but he never would have made it that far without his Staples coaches. Henry called Laddie after his ACC and NCAA wins, and sees Laddie when he comes home. We, his parents, are in Laddie’s debt for seeing Henry’s potential and nurturing his talent. Both Laddie and Malcolm are amazing men.

  5. Taylor McNair

    And don’t forget about Max Hoberman’s All-American honors in the D-III Triple Jump this weekend!

  6. Taylor, great to hear about Max– a co-captain of the 2011-12 indoor team when Henry was a Junior. That team set numerous school and state records and easily won the state Class LL and Open championships.