November 12, 2013

Witt named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Athlete of the Year

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In what has been a record setting year, King women's cross country senior Hannah Witt has added yet another award to her mantle. Witt won the NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday and was named Southeast Region Athlete of the Year.

The Mountain City, Tenn., native became the first runner in King history to win an NCAA Regional when she finished 6k race at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., in 21:46.0. Witt finished nearly 26 seconds ahead of the races second place finisher en route to the title.

The win also marked her fourth victory of the season in six events. Two weeks earlier, the senior was victorious at the Conference Carolinas Championships, and the only runners that have beaten her all season have been NCAA Division I runners and a pair of unattached runners.

"Hannah deservedly received this award voted by her peers," head coach Peter Dalton commented. "Hannah will now focus on the NCAA Cross Country championships which will solidify her place in King cross country history."

Witt has qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships which take place on November 23 in Spokane, Wash.