NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hours before taking the track to compete at the 2016 NCAA Track and Field East Regional, Belmont Women's Track and Field runner Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) collected another accolade. She was named Region III First Team Academic All-District® for Cross Country/Track & Field, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Wittman has stockpiled numerous awards during her Belmont career. Most recently, the Lindenhurst, Ill., native was tabbed the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year, becoming the first BU runner to earn the award since joining the league. The honor distinguishes Wittman as only the third women's track athlete in the history of the OVC to ever earn Runner/Athlete of the Year honors in both Cross Country and Outdoor Track and Field in the same academic year. In the fall, she was named Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year, also becoming the first Bruin to garner the honor.
She currently owns three program records for outdoor- each impressively broken in 2016 – 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m. Wittman even owns an Ohio Valley Conference record after breaking the 1500m mark, which had stood since 1983, at last year's conference championship. In cross country, she advanced to the sport's National Championship in 2015, coming away a top-85 finish in a field of more than 300.
In the classroom, the two-time Belmont Female Student-Athlete of the Year has proven equally impressive, being named to the Dean's List seven times and earning OVC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction. She has also been tabbed Academic All-Conference three times and individual All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Wittman, who graduated earlier this month with a degree in Accounting and a 3.82 GPA, will advance to the national ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. The All-America teams will be announced next month.