Former Orono High School star qualifies for NCAA cross country championships
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Orono High School standout Hannah Steelman finished fifth overall for Wofford College at the 2019 NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 15 at the University of Virginia’s Panorama Farms. Steelman’s effort qualified her as an individual for the NCAA National Championships for the second straight season.
“We had a plan for the race and stuck to it which enabled us to accomplish our goals,” said Wofford head coach Johnny Bomar. “Hannah led for most of the race and for her to qualify as an individual in back-to-back years is a great achievement. Now we move on to Terre Haute!”
In the women’s 6k race, Steelman posted a time of 20:08.1 to finish fifth overall and her time was the second-fastest in school history at the distance. Taryn Schoen was the next Terrier to cross the finish line in 22:26.1, the seventh-fastest 6k time in school history. Sommer McKenzie (22:39.0), Annie Mayfield (23:02.1), Mary Stewart Wilson (23:57.0) and Anna Lyles (25:31.2) also competed for the Terriers. As a team, the women posted a score of 604 points to finish 21st overall out of 43 teams.
The top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the NCAA National Championships. The top four individuals were with North Carolina State (first) and Furman (second), with Steelman being the next top individual. Also qualifying as individuals were Ivine Chemutai (Louisville), Paige Hofstad (North Carolina) and Famke Heinst (High Point).
Steelman, who graduated from Orono High in 2017, developed her running stride as a youngster in part while participating in Orono’s summer track and field program.
She later starred at the high school level as a three-time state champion in the 1,600-meter run while also winning championships in the 3,200 as well as in cross-country at Orono High School.
The NCAA National Championships will be hosted on Saturday, November 23 by Indiana State University. The women’s 6K will start at 11:15 a.m. on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. More information for the national championships is available on NCAA.com.