Hasson epitomizes 'student athlete'

Originally Posted Online: May 13, 2014, 6:33 pm
Last Updated: May 13, 2014, 7:27 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com

EDGINGTON -- Out of the five state medals Devin Hasson has secured in a decorated prep career, the Rockridge senior hurdler holds one with high esteem.

The medal was based more on what happened in the classroom.

Selected as an Academic All-State honoree earlier this spring trumped the four medals Hasson has earned in the last two Class 1A state track meets. Collecting that award was a culmination of a journey that makes her the definition of a student-athlete.

"There's a lot of satisfaction," said Hasson, this week's Area Pacesetter for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. "Everything I've worked for has paid off."

Looking at her athletic career, there have been countless accolades from the blue-collar effort.

Hasson swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles races at last week's Three Rivers Conference meet, giving her seven league titles in those events during her career. In the last two state meets, she earned All-State honors in each hurdle event.

Only four athletes in program history have earned six state medals.

Five have hardware from three state meets, a list she could soon join.

No one has earned six medals in open track events.

"The thing Devin does as well as anybody is putting in the extra time," Rockridge coach Shawn Strachan said. "That has proven to be successful for her. That is a testament to her time that she spends doing this sport other than just the spring."

What happens away from the track, though, is even more impressive.

On track -- no pun intended -- to be a co-valedictorian of her senior class, Hasson may be at her best in the classroom. That never shows up in meet results, but the success does deserve recognition.

The academic medal provides some. A state-caliber athlete is a decorated student.

"As coaches, we all strive for that," Strachan said. "We want our students to be great athletes and our athletes be great students. That goes for Devin."

All this comes from an internal drive that is evident in a race, but is best used in a classroom.

"I've always been pretty self-disciplined and really good about making sure I do my homework," Hasson said.

A perfect grade-point average comes from that.

"It definitely gets hard," Hasson said. "Obviously, not everything is perfect. But it's one of those things where you have enough motivation, you can accomplish it."

There is not much Hasson has not done in her career.

One of 26 student-athletes who received the Academic All-State medal out of 450 nominees, certainly achieved scholastic greatness. Add in what she has done on the track, it's obvious why Strachan calls Hasson "the total package."

Missing through all this is a state title. Hasson has one last shot before giving her graduation speech and receiving a well-earned diploma.

"I definitely want to make it to state first," Hasson said. "To accompany that with a state title would be awesome. One of my main goals."

Then again, a state championship will not define her career.

"I don't think there is anything I'd look back at and say I would regret," Hasson said.

Both academically and athletically, Hasson has shined.

Not a bad run -- pun intended -- through high school.

"Great person and great athlete," Strachan said. "Those kids don't come around very often. They're special kids to coach and be around."

The medals are proof.

Area Pacesetter -- Rockridge's Devin Hasson

Favorite food: Grandma's chocolate chip cookies
Favorite class: Psychology and sociology with Ms. Tiffany
Favorite meet: Rockridge Invitational
Favorite movie: 'Divergent'
Favorite color: Light blue
Parents: Tom and Katy Hasson, Taylor Ridge

In the running
Rachel Cobert, Erie-Prophetstown:
Scored golds in the 200, 4x100 relay and triple jump at the Three Rivers Conference meet, leaping 36-1.5 to win the triple jump.
Michael Cook, Annawan-Wethersfield: Earned Lincoln Trail Conference titles in the 800, 1600 and 4x800 relay and took second in the 3200 as the Titans ended Mercer County's run of three consecutive league titles.
Jaryn Kinder, Sherrard: Had two hits in a win over ROWVA, then went 5-for-6 in the Tigers' doubleheader sweep of Peru St. Bede.
Mackenzie Smith, Orion: Went 5-for-7 with eight RBIs in a pair of games last week.
Destiny Smith, Monmouth-Roseville: Captured gold in the high jump, 400, 4x400 and 4x800 relays at the Titan Invitational.
Treyten Hileman, Mercer County: Had two hits, including a first-inning, three-run homer, and drove in four runs in a 9-3 win over Ridgewood that clinched a share of the Lincoln Trail Conference baseball title.


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