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Debalsi runs her way to All-American

Debalsi runs her way to All-American

While most juniors at Staples High School were taking the ACT on Saturday, December 13, Hannah Debalsi ‘16 had different plans.

In San Diego, California, the track star placed 5th and earned All-American honors at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship at Balboa Park.

“The race went out really fast, which is expected at a national meet. I tried not to get baited into going out too hard and burning out at the end, so I just worked my way up throughout the race. I wasn’t able to catch the leaders, but I know I gave it my all,” Debalsi said.

According to Milesplit.com, her time of 17:47 was 30 seconds behind the winner, Anna Rohrer, a senior from Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka, Illinois.

Debalsi was able to qualify for this event after placing second in the Footlocker Northeast Regional with a time of 17:50.

It has been a rough season for Hannah as a back injury kept her out of most races. In what she refers to as a learning experience, Hannah described her lack of top form because of the injury as “disheartening.”

Even not in her top form, she was able to make her comeback for the FCIAC championships, a race she won and started the streak that would lead her to the class LL state championship, the Connecticut state open championship, and the New England Region championship.

Be sure to catch Hannah in her indoor and outdoor track season.

“I’m probably going to mainly train through indoor then really go after my [personal records] in outdoor,” Debalsi added.

 

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Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer
Jack Zeldes ’16, plays as a center midfielder for Staples Boys soccer. He grew up playing for Westport soccer before switching to the premier youth club Majic, out of Bridgeport. Soccer is a big part of his life, but he doesn’t like the big teams. “I like smaller teams like Southampton who spend less money and bring up their players from the youth team.” Zeldes said. “They might not win the Premier League, but they do well and they do it the right way.” His favorite team is Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga. His favorite article that he wrote for Inklings is about another soccer fan, Ben Cion ’13, who was the live tweeter for Staples soccer. “Ben wasn’t the best player but he just loved the game. Since he wasn’t on the team he became the live tweeter just to be around the game more.”

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