One of New York state’s top high school distance runners will be competing for one of the nation’s top collegiate coaches.
Arlington High School’s Sibby Hanson will be heading to North Carolina State to continue his running career after signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the school in Raleigh, N.C.
“When I went down for a visit, I really liked the team. They had a bonding aspect to it. I really liked the program. They have a coach who’s been there 30 years and the goal is to go to the NCAAs every year. It was the type of team I was looking for,” Hanson said.
The Wolfpack are coached by Rollie Geiger, who just completed his 30th season as the men’s cross country coach. In his tenure as the men’s and women’s head coach, the programs have won 34 Atlantic Coast Conference team championships and had 19 individual ACC champions. The men’s program has finished in the top 10 nationally on nine occasions.
“I think it’s a good choice,” Arlington cross country and track coach Steve Arnett said. “He’ll do great. He’s focused. He knows what he wants and knows what it takes to get it. I don’t see why he won’t have a great collegiate career.”
The 2012 Poughkeepsie Journal Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, 2012 Poughkeepsie Journal Boys Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and 2012-13 Poughkeepsie Journal Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year hopes to finish the spring like he completed the cross country and indoor track seasons — as a state champion.
Hanson was crowned state Federation cross country champion last November at Bowdoin Park, completing the 3.1-mile race in a time of 16 minutes, 0.7 seconds and was seventh a week later at the Nike Regionals at Bowdoin.
Hanson captured the state indoor title in the 3,200-meter run, clocking a time of 9:13.43 last month.
“I would hope and like to think so,” Hanson said of matching his fall and winter outcomes this spring. “It all depends on how the training goes and if I’m lucky enough to get back and better.
“I would like to run under nine minutes in the two mile. That’s my goal for the spring.”
Once the spring season is complete, there will be high school graduation before he travels to North Carolina to start his collegiate career.
“I’m not sure what I will be doing there,” Hanson said. “I’ll probably redshirt my freshman year, train with the team and adjust to college. But that could change at any time.”