Middlesbrough Herald & Post

Top US award for Teessider

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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.

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Hannah Segrave

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