Latrobe's Green among YWCA of Westmoreland Sportswomen Award winners
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Hanna Green doesn't arrive at Latrobe High School until after 11 a.m.
And no, Green isn't getting special privileges because she's an outstanding athlete. It's far from it.
Green is taking classes at St. Vincent College in the mornings, and those credits from Calculus I, history and young adult fiction courses will transfer to Virginia Tech in the fall.
That's where the Latrobe senior will continue her academic and track career once her busy senior year comes to a close.
But she has plenty left to do this spring while competing in track and field, attending classes and being honored at banquets.
Green will be recognized as the 2013 YWCA Sports Teen of the Year for individual excellence at the annual YWCA of Westmoreland County Sportswomen Award banquet Thursday at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg.
She also is a candidate for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete award later this month.
Green has put together an impressive résumé for someone who only began running in eighth grade.
“I never ran track before,” Green said. “But my friends were on the track team, so I tried out.”
She became an instant success, going undefeated and winning the county cross country title in eighth grade. She was named YWCA Sports Girl of the Year.
“Anytime you get an award, it's an honor,” Green said. “I've put in a lot of hard work, and it shows women are just as good as the boys.”
Green has found the most success as a distance runner, qualifying for the PIAA Class AAA cross country meet four times, but she has emerged as one of the top middle distance runners in the state.
She was the WPIAL 800-meter winner in 2011 and the 400-meter winner in 2012. Last year, she lowered her school record to 55.93 in the 400 at the state meet, where she finished fifth.
She had an outstanding indoor season, placing second in the state in the 400. She also competed at the Indoor Nationals in New York City.
“Even though I didn't run my best, it was still a great experience running against some of the top girls in the country,” Green said.
She will be running the 800 at Virginia Tech.
“I like the middle distances,” Green said. “I prefer the shorter races.”
She picked Virginia Tech because she liked the campus, the girls on the team, the coaches and the academics. She plans on majoring in interior design.
She's helping her dad redesign the family's basement, turning it into a family room.
“I like to paint, draw and design different things,” Green said. “When I'm away from track, I like taking photos.”
Green is one of six individuals who will be honored at Thursday's banquet, which also will include recognition of three teams, a coach of the year and a health and fitness organization.
Dr. Christine Black, assistant professor of health and physical education at Indiana (Pa.), is the keynote speaker for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available for $20 for students and $32 for adults at the YWCA of Westmoreland County, 424 North Main St., Greensburg, or by calling 724-834-9390.
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