BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hannah Witt continues to accumulate accolades, even after her time rewriting the King University women's cross country record book is through. On Monday, Witt was named one of two Conference Carolinas nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award recognizes excellence in leadership, athletics, academics and service. Seniors who completed their final year of athletic eligibility are eligible for the award.
In 2013, Witt won the Conference Carolinas individual championship by more than 30 seconds over her nearest competitor with a 5k time of 17:40.08, earning the distinction of Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year. Witt followed that by winning the NCAA Southeast Regional championship en route to being named Southeast Region Runner of the Year. Based on her finish, Witt qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet where she finished 50th. She led the Tornado to their second straight Conference Carolinas championship in 2013.
The Mountain City, Tenn., native rewrote the Tornado cross country record books in her time at King. Witt owns the top three 5k times in school history and four of the top five best times, all coming in during her senior campaign in 2013. All four of those top times came during her final season in Navy and Scarlet, posting the school record time of 17:22.6 at the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte. Witt is the only woman to record at time under 18 minutes in school history, and accomplished that feat twice. Following her school record time, she also registered a time of 17:40.03 at the Conference Carolinas Championships. Witt also holds the top four 6k times in King history, starting with her time of 21:46.0 that she ran to win the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship in 2013.
Witt graduated from King in December with a degree in Human Biology as she carried a grade point average of 3.95 in her time at King. She was on the King President's List eight times while being named to the Dean's List twice. Earlier this season, Witt was named Capital One Academic All-District, a season after earning All-American honors.