MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Senior Hannah Segrave of the No. 9 Milligan College cross-country team has been named the NAIA South Region Runner of the Year, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Segrave went undefeated in four races this season, leading the Buffs to its highest national ranking in recent history and a runner-up spot at the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship. Segrave dominated the AAC race and was the AAC Runner of the Year for the second straight year after leading the Buffs to their 13th straight AAC title in 2015.
“Coming off the Olympic Trials and then ultimately thinking about her future in the sport, we wanted to manage the cross country season the right way,” Head Coach Chris Layne said. “The fact she is not over-raced and goes into (the national championship) healthy and undefeated puts her on track to keep progressing and that’s been the plan all along.
“You can’t accomplish the things Hannah has accomplished without a real baseline of talent. She trusts our system, but she also sets a high standard for herself and I think these are the primary reasons she continues to take steps.”
Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2016 NAIA Cross Country season were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as voted on by coaches. The south is one of five regions across the United States recognized by the USTFCCCA.
Milligan’s cross-country teams are set to compete on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Elsah, Illinois. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. CT with the men’s race to follow at 11:30 a.m. CT.