UMO's Leah Hanle Sets New Mark At German National Championships

Leah Hanle hurdles over a steeple at the German National Championships.
Leah Hanle hurdles over a steeple at the German National Championships.

University of Mount Olive women's track and field/cross country sophomore Leah Hanle bested another feat of National proportion over the weekend.

 

This time it was not another NCAA All-American, of which the Lichtenstein, Germany native garnered five of during the 2017-18 seasons, but a rather a record-breaking performance of her own 3000m Steeplechase record. Hanle broke her record set at UMO by eight seconds at one of the biggest stages of a runner's career, the German National Championships in Nuremberg, Germany on July 22. The sophomore's time of 9:56.80 placed her fifth in a pack of runners of all ages ranging from 18-34. The top finisher came in with a time of 9:34.58 with the second through fourth place finishers only three seconds apart.

 

"It says something special about Leah's strength and mental toughness, that she was able to run a new personal best, and place so well at the German National Championships, this late in the year. Her future continues to look bright and promising," said Director and Head Coach Matt van Lierop.

The German National Championships will take place in the capital city of Berlin next year on August 3-4, 2019.