Week Two Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Leah Hanle (Mount Olive)

Mount Olive's Hanle Named Week 2 Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

HIGH POINT, N.C.University of Mount Olive's Leah Hanle has been named the Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for meets held Dec. 6 - Dec. 10, the Conference announced today.

A junior from Lichtenstein, Germany, Hanle had an accomplished weekend at the GVSU Holiday Open in Allendale, Michigan. Competing in the 5000 meter run, Hanle broke the UMO school record and also set an NCAA DII Automatic Qualifier with a time of 16:23.52, ten seconds faster than the auto standard. Hanle placed second in the event behind a DI runner from Eastern Michigan. She defeated the cross country champion from just six days prior who finished the race in fourth. Hanle is currently the #1 runner in the nation in the 5k.


Belmont Abbey's Otranto Named Week 1 Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey College's Julia Otranto has been named the Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for meets held Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, the Conference announced today.

A senior from Asheboro, N.C., Otranto opened up her indoor track season with strong performances at the JDL College Kickoff in Winston-Salem, N.C. this weekend. Competing in the 800-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay, she logged two Top-10 finishes on a Division I-heavy field. Otranto earned a sixth-place finish in the 800m dash with a time of 2:26:46 to rank her first in the conference in the 800-meter dash. Otranto also helped her team to a seventh-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.


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High Point, N.C. – Converse College’s Ashly Sutherland has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track Player of the Week during week three of the 2014 - 2015 Indoor Track & Field season. Sutherland posted a Conference Carolinas best 800m time at the Winston-Salem State Open running the event in 2:17.07 missing the NCAA DII Provisional time by just over a second. The Cowpens, S.C. native leads the Conference Carolinas in the mile event running a school record 5:09.80 finishing fifth overall at the Bob Pollock Invitational against a majority DI field. Sutherland is ranked 15th among DII athletes in the 800m and 37th overall in the mile.