Connecticut home to the nation’s best 2-milers

Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi

Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi

It’s official. Connecticut is now home to the two best 2 mile high school distance runners in the nation.

On Saturday afternoon at the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston, Farfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado and Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi both won the 2 mile event in record-setting fashion. According to milesplit.com, the two have the fastest times in the nation now.

Let’s start with Alvarado. The senior distance runner who is set to compete for Georgetown this fall, ran a blistering time of 9:00.29, which won the event, set a meet record, propelled him to No. 1 in the nation and set an unofficial state record.

Alex Ostberg of Darien is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation (9:02.74) behind Alvarado.

DeBalsi, a sophomore, ran a winning time of 10:12.95, which also won the event, set a meet record, propelled her to No. 1 in the nation and also set an unofficial state record.

DeBalsi broke the 2-mile sophomore national record, which was held by Audrey Belf (10:22.46) set in 2013 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

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