BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hannah Witt added yet another award to her mantle last week when the Capital One Academic All-American Track and Field/Cross Country team was announced. Witt was selected to the Capital Academic All-America second team a season after garnering third team recognition.
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.
Athletically, the Mountain City, Tenn., native rewrote the Tornado cross country record books. 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. She 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. This marks the second straight year Witt has earned this distinction as she was a Capital Academic All-American during the 2012-13 season.
Last season, Witt became the second King student-athlete to earn Capital Academic All-American honors, being named to the third team. This year, she is the third Tornado to earn the distinction, joining Kelsey Griffitts (women's volleyball) and Rodrigo Avila (men's tennis).