During the day she's a typical Brainerd High School student. After school she's a standout cross country runner.
Unlike Hannah Montana, who conceals her fame from the public, anyone associated with Brainerd Warriors cross country knows when you say Hannah, you're referring to Hannah McAllister.
The junior has been the Warrior girls' No. 1 runner in all but one meet this season. She has won three races and finished third in the Central Lakes Conference meet. On Thursday at Detroit Lakes she hopes to qualify as an individual, and with her team, for next week's Class 2A state meet.
"I think I can do top three, hopefully better than that," McAllister said. "It all depends. This course is way tougher than the conference course. It has about four big hills and they're pretty steep but that's where we're better, at hills, than the competition."
Warriors coach Dave Herath said McAllister is one of the section's most consistent runners, no matter the size of the race.
"We know whatever race it is what we'll get out of Hannah," he said. "She runs consistently. Mentally, she's always focused and ready to go. I think consistency is what helps her know where she needs to be and to be there. It's not a guessing game with her."
McAllister won races at Pierz, Albany and St. Cloud. She ran a 15:12 at St. Cloud, her fastest time this season.
"It's the time to peak, at the end of the season," McAllister said, "but I wasn't happy. At the beginning of the year my times seemed slower compared to last year because the courses were difficult. But, overall, my times compare well to last year."
In the conference race Oct. 17 at Sartell, McAllister finished third at 15:32.
"That was a hard course," she said. "It had some pretty big hills. There was a lot of good competition. It was really rainy and muddy. That had a little bit of an effect. Overall, it was a pretty hard course."
McAllister trailed Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria (15:19) and Haylie Zimmer of Fergus Falls (15:27). She edged teammate Jenna Dean (15:34).
Sport: Cross country running
Other sports: Nordic skiing, track and field
Memorable sports achievement: Making it to state in three sports
Grade-point average: 3.8
Favorite subject: English
Favorite food: Yogurt
Favorite TV show: "Brothers & Sisters"
Hobbies: Socializing with friends, sports
Future plans: Attend college, hopefully run in Division I
Athlete she admires: Turena Johnson Lane
Parents: Brian and Kathryn McAllister
"I expected Hannah to be in the top five somewhere," Herath said. "Piepenburg has kind of had Hannah's number. We've seen her a number of times. Hannah is getting closer and closer. Piepenburg's a top-flight runner, Hannah is too.
"Hannah and Jenna ran together for much of the last mile. It was a sprint through the mud to see who would come out on top."
McAllister is pursuing a trip to her seventh state meet. She has been to state in cross country, Nordic skiing and track twice apiece.
"My first one was in seventh grade in track," McAllister said. "Definitely, at that young age, going to something like that is a pretty good experience. It does help you."
Herath believes McAllister's year-long training makes her an elite athlete.
"She's never not in shape," he said. "A number of our girls and boys are in the same boat. That's why we're having the success we're having. Every season is built on the previous one. We definitely have seen that and our kids have bought into that.
"They're living our vision about what should happen with girls. They shouldn't be getting slower as they get older because they're probably getting in better shape. For younger kids in our program Hannah's a tremendous advocate for what's going on. They all look at her and Jenna and Megan Holmes is turning that corner. As they get older they can have success."
Other notable efforts:
Tyler Jensen and Brandon Julius, football, rushed for 117 and 100 yards against Elk River.
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