JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 16, 2015) – Hannah Segrave set another Appalachian Athletic Conference record and was named the AAC Female Athlete of the Meet on the final day of the AAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Milligan’s women took third while the men took fourth.
Milligan grabbed 38 points on the women’s side, finishing behind women’s team champion Tennessee Wesleyan College (71 points) and team runner-up Union College (56 points). Milligan’s men scored 21 points to finish behind Tennessee Wesleyan (86 points), Reinhardt University (34) and Union (29).
“Overall, this was a quality meet for our entire squad,” Head Coach Chris Layne said. “We had numerous personal bests, conference titles, school and conference records, and that’s what you want at this point in the season. Event after event, our team battled to pick up a place or out-lean someone at the finish line.”
Segrave, who broke the Milligan and AAC record in the 1500 on day one, didn’t need to out-lean anybody on her way to the AAC’s new top mark in the 800 on Thursday. The sophomore from Middlesbrough, UK, finished the event nearly eight seconds ahead of second place, covering the course in 2:09.35 which was over six seconds faster (2:15.84) than the previous meet record she set last season. Following her record-setting run, Segrave finished the day by anchoring Milligan’s 4×400 meter relay.
“Hannah continues to expand her range more than anything,” Layne said. “To pick up two solo wins and come back and anchor our 4×4 in 55.8 just shows her range.”
AAC teams combined to break six records this week, led by Milligan which broke three (Segrave two, Joey Watson one).
Watson, whose record came in the shot put Wednesday night under the lights of Science Hill High School’s Sidney Smallwood Track and Field Complex, threw to a first-place finish in the discus with a toss of 41.76 meters. He registered the winning throw with his final attempt.
Another close finish Thursday afternoon came in the women’s 3k steeplechase as Ashton Bunch held off Columbia College’s Irene Requena in a sprint over the last 50 meters. Bunch finished third in the event with a time of 12:46.78. Requena clocked in at 12:46.80.
Up next, Milligan will head to Radford, Virginia, for the Highlander Invitational on April 24-26. It will be the first of four meets left on the schedule prior to the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships set for May 21-23 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.