JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The last time Hannah Segrave ran the 800 meter, she missed the national qualifying standard by 0.02 seconds. During Friday’s opening session of the ETSU Track & Field Invitational, the sophomore school record-holder could have spotted herself four seconds and still easily earned a trip to Geneva, Ohio, next March. With an impressive run of 2:16.03, Segrave set a new lifetime best, school record and the Milligan College track & field team’s third national qualifier of the season in her signature event.
Segrave finished fourth overall and broke the former Milligan record of 2:16.18 which was held by Rebecca Dixon since 2002.
Segrave was not the only Buffalo with a personal best in just the second event of the season as freshman Katie May (pictured) ran to a personal best of 10.49 in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Brandon Ellis, the Appalachian Athletic Conference Runner of the Year in cross-country, also recorded a personal best in the 5k with a time of 15:59.92 in a deep NCAA field.
In their collegiate debuts, Mandi Largent finished third in her heat of the 400 meter, and Joey Watson finished 15th overall in the weight throw with a mark of 12.86 meters.
Taylor Tafelsky grabbed a top-20 finish in the men’s 800 with an early season mark of 1:58.99.
Day two of the ETSU Invite will round out the competition on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. The final events of the evening will begin at 6:30 p.m.