Track & Field: Westminster's Hannah Dintino finds dual-sport senior year 'rewarding'

Megan Woodward
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

It took some convincing for Hannah Dintino to compete in more than one arena this spring.

Dintino, a senior at Westminster High School, is tackling dual-sporting in track and field and lacrosse for the first time. But she didn’t recognize how fast she was in either sport until this spring when Owls track coach Desmond Wars convinced her to take on track as well.

She competed in indoor track all four years, but usually reserved for lacrosse for the spring, a sport she has been playing since kindergarten. Dintino said competing in both sports has been worth the workload.

“I didn’t realize my ability last year or something because we have plays that are designated for me to go coast to coast,” Dintino said. “I definitely think me playing lacrosse helps with my agility and my speed in track because it’s not like I’m inconsistent, I’m actually improving in track so obviously doing both definitely helps with my endurance.”

Dintino said Wars saw potential in her this season and she figured dual-sporting would be a positive way to finish out her senior year.

She currently leads Carroll County with top times in the 100 (12.44 seconds) and 200 (26.04) dashes while maintaining her success on the lacrosse field as Westminster’s offensive leader with 64 points (46 goals, 18 assists).

In the winter, Dintino won a county title in the 300 (a personal record of 42.5) and she finished second in the 55 in 7.59, another PR. She took third in the 300 and helped the Owls’ 4x200 relay team place third at the Class 3A West meet the following week.

She came in 10th in the 300 at the 3A state meet and the Owls’ 4x200 relay placed ninth.

“The individuality of sprinting is what I like about it because if you have a bad race, it’s on you, but if you have a good race, it’s on you too,” Dintino said. “It’s rewarding when you win and when you lose or don’t do well, you know you have to work on something.

“Everything is carried on my back which is something I don’t get in other sports.”

Dintino won the 100 at the Maverick Madness meet at Manchester Valley on Friday. She also ran the first leg of the Owls’ 4x200 relay, setting the pace for teammates Lindsay Marks, Morgan Pique, and Brie Dewan, and the Owls took third in 1:51.5.

Dintino’s speed has landed her a regular spot as the first leg of the Owls’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads because it helps set the tone for the team’s performance.

“It’s very important,” Dintino said. “It’s your lead and it almost determines how the race is going to go sometimes. It’s nice because I get to get it over with first and watch my team.”

Dual-sporting can be tricky, but Dintino seems to balance it with ease. She praised her coaches for being lenient with her in her decision to tackle both beasts. The experience of it all is her favorite thing about it, she said, and getting to know people in both sports makes it even more rewarding.

The next few weeks should be pretty busy for Dintino, who is committed to Furman for lacrosse. The county track meet is Tuesday and lacrosse playoffs begin Thursday and Friday. Dintino said the expectations are high on both sports fronts, and the girls lacrosse team — the reigning 3A state champs — is especially prepared for the postseason.

“Playoffs is our chance to really turn it around and prove to people that we deserve to be in playoffs,” Dintino said. “We’re still a good team regardless of our record in the regular season, we’re all really hype about that.”


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