SPOKANE, Wash. – Representing the King University women's cross country team, senior Tornado runner Hannah Witt turned in an impressive performance in her final race in a king uniform at the NCAA Division II Championships in Spokane, Wash. on Saturday, finishing in the 50th position.
Witt ran the third-fastest time in King history on a six-kilometer course, finishing the race in 22:02.1. Her 50th-place overall finish was ten spots outside the 40 qualifying positions for All-American status, missing the mark by just 14.2 seconds. Witt was the top finisher from the Southeast Region at the national meet. Her final finishing position eclipsed Kendra Sokol's 91st place effort in 2010 as the highest ever finish by a Tornado athlete at the NCAA Championships.
This season, Witt has been nothing short of spectacular. The NCAA Championships marked the first time all season Witt finished behind an NCAA Division II athlete. She won four of the seven races in which she competed this season, including the Conference Carolinas Championship and NCAA Southeast Region Championship. She also garnered Conference Runner of the Year and NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors.
The individual national title was claimed by Jennifer Agnew of the University of Mary, who finished the race in 20:50.7. Grand Valley State University claimed the team championship with a score of 54. Adams State University was the runner-up, while Western State Colorado University, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and Augustana (S.D.) College rounded out the top five.