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Staples' DeBalsi Wins Girls Individual Cross Country Crown

Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi won the league cross country title Thursday at Waveny Park in New Canaan.
Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi won the league cross country title Thursday at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Staplesrunning.com

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi won the girls individual title Thursday at the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference cross country championships at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

DeBalsi, unbeaten on the season, covered the 4k course in 13:29. Senior Claire Howlett of Westhill in Stamford took second in 13:41, while defending champion Cate Allen of Fairfield Warde was third in 14:33.

Staples finished second in a tight team race in the girls division. Ridgefield won with 52 points, followed by Staples with  57.

Erica Hefnaway placed sixth for Staples, whose other scorers included Elisabeth French (12th), Katharine Smith (19th) and Angelee Parmar (26th).

Staples’ boys finished third with 91 points behind champion Ridgefield (27) and Darien (59). Oliver Hickson finished sixth to lead Staples.

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