BLACKSBURG, Va. – Hannah Witt represented King University Track & Field with high honors at the Virginia Tech Elite meet on Saturday by finishing second in a pack of NCAA Division I runners in the women's 5,000-meter run. It is the third time she has turned in a run that met the provisional qualification mark for the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Witt, a native of Mountain City, Tenn., finished second among a field of 14 runners in the women's 5k run, all of which either ran unattached or were representatives from NCAA Division I schools. Witt finished second overall in the event with a 17:31.08 finish time, defeating runners from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC). She edged out Duke's Dana Morin by 1.53 seconds for second place honors. She also finished ahead of runners from the University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Auburn University, and host Virginia Tech.
Witt currently possesses King's indoor 5,000-meter indoor record of 17:27 (adjusted) that she reset by winning the event at last weekend's Hilton Garden Invitational. She is currently ranked 14th in the country in the women's 5k with that time and has met the provisional qualification mark for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 7-9.
The senior is the current school record holder in both the women's 5k and 3k indoor runs. Witt and both Tornado teams will complete the indoor season at the first-ever Conference Carolinas Track & Field Championships on Feb. 16 in Winston Salem, N.C.