NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the heels of her performance at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Belmont Women's Cross Country/Track and Field runner Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) received another career distinction. She was named Division I Academic All-America Third Team for Cross Country/Track and Field, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday.
She becomes just the fourth Belmont female student-athlete from any program to be named to any Academic All-America team and only the second from the Cross Country/Track and Field programs, following standout Brittany Thune, who was tabbed Third Team after the 2009-10 season. Wittman is also the lone representative from the Ohio Valley Conference to earn Academic All-America distinction in the sport this year.
Wittman has stockpiled numerous awards during her time as a Bruin. Most recently, the Lindenhurst, Ill., native was nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award after earning an All-America Honorable Mention nod after the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship earlier this month. She was also 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 has three program records under her belt for outdoor- each impressively broken in 2016 – 1500-meters, 5000-meters, and 10,000-meters. Wittman even owns an Ohio Valley Conference record after breaking the 1500m mark, which had stood since 1983, at the 2015 outdoor conference championship.
In the classroom, the two-time Belmont Female Student-Athlete of the Year proved equally impressive, being named to the Dean's List seven times and earning OVC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction. She was also tabbed Academic All-Conference three times, earned individual All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as well as earned Academic All-District honors.
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. Wittman, who graduated last month with a degree in Accounting and a 3.82 GPA, has also been tabbed Academic All-Conference three times and earned individual All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Wittman becomes the latest in a long line of Bruin student-athletes to earn Academic All-America® honors.
This marks the 25th time a Belmont student-athlete has received Academic All-America honors.
Of the 45 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women's Track Field/Cross Country team members, 26 have grade-point averages of 3.90 or higher including 14 who have a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team combined for a 3.852 G.P.A.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.