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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 LetsRun.com, 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)

Tracking Hannah DeBalsi And Henry Wynne

This weekend, the national track spotlight shined on Westport.

Yesterday, Hannah DeBalsi became the 1st athlete — male or female — ever to win 4 New England indoor track championships. The Stanford-bound Staples High School senior blazed to a 10:29.46 time in the 2-mile run.

(Photo credit/StaplesSports)

(Photo credit/StaplesSports)

In 2013, as a freshman at the same venue — the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston — DeBalsi watched Henry Wynne win the New England 1000-meter run for Staples.

This year — the day before — Wynne ran a 4:01.15 mile for the University of Virginia, at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. He added more points by helping the Cavaliers win the distance medley (his 1600 split was a blazing 3:56.37), and placing 2nd at 3000 meters.

The Reggie Lewis Center is a favorite place for both DeBalsi and Wynne. In January, that’s where he ran a sub-4-minute mile.

(Click here, then scroll down for alert “06880” reader Jeff Mitchell’s video interview with Wynne, after Saturday’s race. The 2013 Staples grad gives shout-outs to Staples track coaches Laddie Lawrence and Malcolm Watson.)

Hannah DeBalsi: Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete Of The Month

Over its 129 years, Staples High School has seen some fantastic athletes.

They’ve done amazing things — and gone on to professional careers in soccer, football, basketball, softball and other sports.

But none has gotten the Sports Illustrated “High School Athlete of the Month” treatment of Hannah DeBalsi. (In the same issue naming Serena Williams “Athlete of the Year”!)

Hannah DiBalsi

The most highly acclaimed cross country and track star in the school’s history is the subject of a beautiful 9-minute video. Shot around Westport (and in the mist at Staples), and featuring interviews with her mother, plus coaches Amanda Morgan and Malcolm Watson, the SI segment explores Hannah’s national success and more.

It shows her running with the boys team — and tutoring a younger child in multivariable calculus.

Next fall, Hannah heads to Stanford University. For many reasons — and now, thanks to this video — Staples will never forget her.

(To see the Sports Illustrated video, click here.)

Hannah DeBalsi Does It Again!

Staples’ super sophomore Hannah DeBalsi “ran away” with yesterday’s New Balance Outdoor National high school 2-mile championship. She won it by a phenomenal 13 seconds, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hannah’s 10:09.08 is a personal best. And she did it by beating girls she had never outraced before.

Last year she placed 3rd — with a national freshman record of 10:16.

Here is a link to a video of Hannah’s race.

Hannah DeBalsi, in earlier action. (Photo/Bob Luckey)

Hannah DeBalsi, in earlier action. (Photo/Bob Luckey)


Hannah DeBalsi 2nd At National Cross Country Championships

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.

Hannah DeBalsi (far right) is near the front of the pack, at the start of today's national championship race. At the end, she was ahead of every runner but one. (Photo/Sara Bassett)

Hannah DeBalsi (far right, #13) is near the front of the 40-girl pack, at the start of today’s national championship race. At the end, she was ahead of every runner but one. (Photo/Sara Bassett)

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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