Orono High School graduate 23rd at NCAA cross country championships
Wofford College junior Hannah Steelman finished 23rd overall on Saturday competing at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Steelman, a 2017 graduate of Orono High School, earned All-America status with her time of 20 minutes, 32.6 seconds in the 6-kilometer race.
“It was a great race for Hannah,” Wofford head coach Johnny Bomar said. “She fought back in the cold and rain and to finish in the top 25 is an impressive accomplishment. It was a great season and we are really proud of her.”
Weini Kelati of New Mexico finished first in Saturday’s race in 19:47.5, with Arkansas taking the women’s team title. BYU was second, followed by Stanford, New Mexico and N.C. State.
Steelman is the only Wofford cross country runner to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships, accomplishing that feat in 2018 and 2019.
She improved on her performance of last year, when she finished 76th overall with a time of 20:56.3.
Last week, Steelman finished fifth at the Southeast Regional championship meet to earn her way to the nationals. She was among 38 women selected to participate as individuals in the championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process.
All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their regions.
Steelman has been a frequent NCAA championships competitor at Wofford. She ran at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships and the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
She has been named first-team All-America multiple times, including in the 3,000 meters indoors (2019), the 5K outdoors (2019) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase (2019). She added second-team All-America honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (2018).