Top US award for Teessider
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.