Staples High DMR finishes 3rd at Indoor Nationals, earn All-American

NEW YORK >> Moments after stepping down from the podium at The Armory, Olivia Wiener and Tyler Scanlin didn’t realize, that beside a third place finish and earning All-American status, they had also unofficial set a new indoor state record in the girls’ distance medley relay.

“Wait, we broke the record,” Wiener said.

“That’s awesome,” Scanlin added, smiling.

The Staples High girls' distance medley relay team of Tyler Scanlin, Olivia Wiener, Hannah DeBalsi and Erica Hefnawy captured third place at the New Balance Indoor National Championships on Friday in New York.

The Staples High girls’ distance medley relay team of Tyler Scanlin, Olivia Wiener, Hannah DeBalsi and Erica Hefnawy captured third place at the New Balance Indoor National Championships on Friday in New York.

That was the crowning moment of an exceptional Friday night which saw the team of Erica Hefnawy, Wiener, Scanlin and Hannah DeBalsi clock a blistering time of 11 minutes and 45.79 seconds to place third at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

“It was a really fast track,” Wiener said. “It was fun.”

The team from West Springfield, Va. won the event in a time of 11:43.39.

It was an exciting and competitive race for the four that saw Hefnawy get off to a good start in the opening 1,200 leg.

Hefnawy, who normally runs the 1,000, ran in the second position for a good portion of the race.

Hefnawy said she felt really good the whole time, but may have gone to take the lead a little too soon, as she fell behind a tad.

Wiener (400) and Scanlin (800) ran the two middle legs, as Scanlin helped gain some lost ground for the anchor of sophomore Hannah DeBalsi.

DeBalsi helped take her squad from the middle of the pack to second place at one point. DeBalsi ran an eye-opening and impressive 1,600 of 4:46.16 to seal up third place. DeBalsi’s time was the fastest anchor of the race.

“The goal was to make up the ground,” DeBalsi said when she got the baton. “I didn’t have a lot left in the end.”

The Wreckers DMR broke the state record (11:52.29) that was set in 2011 by Glastonbury.

The four also set a new school record in the event.

Also faring well was Westhill’s Claire Howlett who took third place in the girls 5,000. The senior finished in third place in a time of 16:58.35 to earn All-American.

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