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.
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.
And what did you do this weekend?
(Hat tips: Jeff Mitchell and Peter Gambaccini)