WESTPORT— For the last three years, the State Open girls cross country championship has been a race for second place, thanks to the dominance of Hannah DeBalsi.
The three-time Class LL, State Open and New England champion was honored by Sports Illustrated as the December High School Athlete of the Month in a ceremony at Staples High before Saturday morning's indoor track meet.
"At first I didn't fully realize it was Sports Illustrated. I didn't really know what it was," DeBalsi said. "But once I figured out what it meant, it was a big honor. It's pretty cool."
Donn Cabral, who represented the U.S. in the steeplechase at the 2012 Olympics and ran...