NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After another season of breaking program records, Belmont Track and Field senior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) will begin her journey to Eugene when she steps on the track to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., next week.
The distance runner is no stranger to the regional or national stage having competed at both during the 2015 Cross Country season.
Wittman punched her ticket to compete at the East Regional when she broke the BU record in the 10,000m in a grueling race at the historic Mt. SAC Relays last month. Her time of 33:59.63 gave her fifth overall finish in the field, shattering the program record set by Belmont great Keely Weaver that had remained untouched since the year 2000.
The Linden, Ill., native's time currently stands as the 13th fastest in the nation and was the best in the Ohio Valley Conference by nearly 90 seconds. Wittman becomes the first Belmont women's track athlete to qualify for Regionals since Lynette Rives in 2009.
The 2016 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round will be contested at Hodges Stadium on the campus of former Atlantic Sun foe North Florida. The regional semifinal round of the 10,000m is set for Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. CT. The top 12 will advance to compete in Eugene, Ore., at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Live stats for the East Preliminary round will be available. More information about the Regional can be found here.