The Mashpee High School girls’ track and field team does not have a large number of athletes this spring, but the ones who are on the team have been putting up a great fight. One of the leaders for that team is senior Alinna Hanna. The outstanding student-athlete has been helping the Falcons to compete every time out and is looking forward to helping the softball team in just a couple of weeks when that season opens up.
Alinna is the daughter of Rick and Melissa Hanna, and she has one sibling, her older brother Freddy, who is a junior at UMass. In school, Alinna’s favorite subject is chemistry. She is the MHS treasurer of the National Honor Society, and the secretary of the school’s chapter of the Math Honor Society. Athletically she has been named a Falcon Award Winner, and in the classroom she’s an Academic Scholar and a Merit Award winner.
Alinna said that her favorite movies are the “Harry Potter” movies. Her favorite music is Kahlid and Harry Styles. Her favorite foods are cannolis and cheesecake.
How did you get involved with track? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
I started track in 7th grade; that was the year my older brother did it, so I did it with him. I ended up really enjoying it and couple years down the line I fell in love with doing the hurdles. Currently I also do the long jump which is my favorite event and I also participate in our 4x2 relay. I am the captain of our girls’ winter track team.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was really happy to hear that we got to have a track season especially since it is my senior year, so I wanted to finish off strong.
Which events do you run for the track team? How did you decide which ones to participate in, and how do you train to improve?
I run the 55m hurdles, long jump, and the 4x2 relay. Three years ago I wanted to try the hurdles and ever since then I loved them. This year I told coach Ouimet I will do anything to help the team gain more points, so I picked up doing the long jump and surprising am very well at it and love it. Coach o and I train after practice most days on extra training for the long jump and hurdles to improve.
This has been a weird track season, running the indoor season during the early spring outdoors. How difficult has it been to prepare compared to other years? Was it worthwhile for the MIAA to have the season in your opinion?
This season has definitely been weird considering we are running indoor track outside, but during the winter we train outside most days, so it hasn’t been to difficult transitioning. The only difficult part is when it is windy outside, it can make running at meets more difficult. I definitely think having a track season has been worth it.
You’ll be transitioning to the softball field in just a few weeks. What do you see your role being on the softball team this year, and how excited are you for the season?
Instead of doing softball this upcoming season I have made the difficult decision to actually stick with track. I am super excited for the spring season because I have never run in the spring.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
If I could replay any meet it would be the one this year against Abington. When I was doing the long jump, I faulted on one of my longest jumps. I only faulted by barely a toe and I wish I could go back and jump it again.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
One highlight of my athletic career I would have to say would be at a league meet when I got my personal record during the hurdles.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have gotten to play with is Alexa Garcia. I have gotten the pleasure of doing track since her 7th grade season. I have also gotten to know her when playing soccer and during school. Alexa is one of those people who will constantly work hard and put in her best even on her worst days. She has been one of my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t be able to get through some days if it wasn’t for her. She makes everyone feel supported and is always encouraging.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I don’t have any superstitions.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
From playing sports I have learned how to get back up and try again after having a bad day and never giving up especially when there’s always room to grow.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
Over quarantine I learned how to cook and I am pretty proud of that
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my older brother Frederick. He has always been my number-one supporter and is always there helping me improve. He has always been my biggest role model and I simply would not be where I am today without him.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I have ever visited was Paris, France. My dream is to now go backpacking around Europe and also travel to Asian countries.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between me as a freshman and now as a senior is how shy and insecure I was. Over the last four years I grew out of my shyness and have become more confident on and off the field. If I could give my freshman self any advice, it would be to always be yourself.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I have been skydiving before, and I went up to Canada when I was 16.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be to get breakfast and have a picnic at the beach, then spend my day by the water and end it with watching the sunset and eating ice cream
What are your post high school plans?
After high school, I will be attending UMass-Lowell and studying aerospace engineering
What would you like to be doing in 10 years, and where will you be?
Ten years from now I hope to be living in Hawaii and pursuing my career as an aerospace engineer.