Girls Prep of the Week: Hannah Sparacio, First Baptist track

Hannah Sparacio x Track and field

Hannah Sparacio is among the elite in the First Baptist Academy record books, and she is only a freshman.

Sparacio became the first First Baptist Academy district champion when she won the 100-and-300 meter hurdle at the 1A-11 district meet on Thursday.

“As far as her accomplishments, she has encouraged and challenged the other athletes,” FBA coach Rob Kantner said. “They see a young lady that works hard, but she’s also a ninth grader. We have some strong athletes all the way up to 12th grade that have not accomplished this.”

Sparacio, the daughter of football coach Bill Sparacio, participated, and qualified for regional, in four events in districts. Her 4x4 relay team finished in third place, and she was second in the long jump.

“The week leading up to districts, I was kind of nervous,” said Sparacio. “I didn’t know who I would be running against. I had a really good day at the meet. I felt good running, and felt like I had a good race. My 100 felt strong, and my 300 felt good too.”

Sparacio said she earned a personal-best at districts, running a 16.7 in the 100-meter hurdle.

Kantner, who has coached Sparacio since she was in fourth grade, said she is always the first one at practice and the last to leave.

“That young lady has demonstrated an incredible amount of heart,” Kantner said. “She doesn’t like to give up. She keeps on and she keeps on. She has a great future ahead of her here. She’s improving. She continues to get stronger.”

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