Top US award for Teessider

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

MID­DLES­BROUGH AC (Man­dale) ath­lete Han­nah Se­grave has re­ceived a spe­cial award from her col­lege in Amer­ica.

She was given a spe­cial procla­ma­tion by the Ten­nessee State Se­nate for her ath­letic ac­com­plish­ments at Mil­li­gan Col­lege.

Col­lege Pres­i­dent Dr Bill Greer pre­sented her with the award in front of the fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents, who gave Se­grave a stand­ing ova­tion for all she has done in her four years as a Mil­li­gan ath­lete.

For her un­prece­dented per­for­mances, Mil­li­gan Col­lege are tak­ing the un­prece­dented step of waiv­ing its five-year post-grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion into the Mil­li­gan Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame.

Mil­li­gan will in­duct Se­grave into its Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame in au­tumn 2017.

“Han­nah’s com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence in sport is unique and world class” said Mark Fox, Mil­li­gan vice pres­i­dent for ath­let­ics and stu­dent de­vel­op­ment.

“The level of dis­ci­pline in train­ing, diet and rest re­quires a level of com­mit­ment that is unique in our world to­day.”

Han­nah is a three-time NAIA (Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­let­ics) Na­tional Cham­pion at 800 Me­tres (In­door 2016, Out- door 2016, in­door 2017) as well as the re­cip­i­ent of the 2016 Out­door Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Most Out­stand­ing Per­former award.

She is also a three-time NAIA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships run­ner-up (Cross-Coun­try in 2016; In­door 800 in 2015; Out­door 800 in 2015).

Han­nah, who began her career with Mid­dles­brough AC un­der the guid­ance of coach Cyril Banks, has been recog­nised by the US Track and Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion sev­eral times as she re­ceived USTFCCCA-NAIA Na­tional Ath­lete of the Year in 2017 and USTFCCCA South Re­gion Women’s Track Ath­lete of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

Han­nah holds no fewer than nine Mil­li­gan records, two Ap­palachian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Out­door Cham­pi­onships records, and this sea­son is ranked num­ber 1 in the NAIA in four events and No. 2 in the NAIA in three events.

In 2016 Han­nah also qual­i­fied for Olympic Tri­als, earn­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the sum­mer of 2016 with her na­tive Bri­tain.

“Across the coun­try this young lady has rep­re­sented our pro­gramme, our in­sti­tu­tion and the great State of Ten­nessee at the high­est level and she de­serves ev­ery hon­our she has re­ceived,” Head Coach Chris Layne said.

“It goes with­out say­ing that I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of Han­nah and her ac­com­plish­ments.”

This year Se­grave has led the Mil­li­gan cross-coun­try team to a rank­ing within the NAIA top 10 na­tion­ally, and the track and field pro­gramme to a cur­rent rank­ing of No. 21. The Buffs have only a few events left on the reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule be­fore head­ing to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the NAIA Out­door Track and Field Na­tional Cham­pi­onships May 25-27.

She will look to add to her suc­cess in the com­ing weeks.

Han­nah Se­grave

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