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DeBalsi named Westport's Sports Person of the Year

Photo by Gary Paulson, Gary Paulson/Contributed Photo

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi, right, runs behind Bethan Knights, of Irvine, Calif. during the 2-mile race at the Brooks PR Invitational held in Renton, Wash. last Saturday. Knights won the race and DeBalsi finished in second.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission named Staples distance runner Hannah DeBalsi as Westport's Sports Person of the Year on Wednesday. A committee led by a local town representative from the county commission selects the winner in each of 15 communities.

DeBalsi won the 2-mile race on June 15 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors track and field championships in Greensboro, N.C., earning All-America recognition. DeBalsi finished second at the Brooks PR Invitational two weeks later.

DeBalsi followed up her outstanding freshman season with a special sophomore one. She placed second at cross country nationals last December before coming home fourth in the 2-mile at indoor nationals in March.

DeBalsi and the other local winners will be honored at the commission's 10th anniversary Sports Night awards dinner on Oct. 20 in Greenwich.

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