NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After breaking the Belmont program 6,000-kilometer record at the NCAA South Regional last weekend, senior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) is poised to continue her historic run at the 36th annual NCAA Cross Country National Championship on Saturday.
Wittman, the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the Year, exploded for a PR time of 20:17.72 at the NCAA South Regional, securing her spot in the Belmont record books and helping her to finish fourth overall in the highly competitive race. The top four individuals not on an advancing team earned at-large bids to Nationals.
When Wittman hits the course on Saturday, she enters even more elite company as just the third woman from Belmont to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country National Championship and the first since 2007. This weekend also marks just the seventh time overall an OVC female runner has earned a spot in the national championship meet.
Saturday will mark Wittman's second competition this season at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer Park in Louisville, after the Bruins ran the course during the Louisville Classic last month.
Wittman will vie with student athletes from Arkansas, Boise State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Princeton, Providence, San Francisco, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, Tulsa, Utah, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, and Weber State for the prestigious national title and the designation of All-American with a finish in the meet's top-40.
Saturday's 6K race at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer Park is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available.