After picking up Seattle University’s third Western Athletic Conference championship of the 2012-13 season at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, junior Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
The first track event of the meet was the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase Friday afternoon, and it came down to a duel between Mittelstaedt and Katelyn Hayward of UT Arlington. Mittelstaedt reached the finish 6/100ths of a second ahead of Hayward, picking up the conference title with a time of 10:45.84.
Mittelstaedt returned to the track the next day, finishing fourth in the women’s 5000 meter run Saturday in 17:36.32. She earned Second Team All-WAC honors in that event to go along with the First Team All-WAC recognition she received the previous day in the steeplechase.
“Hannah has always done a great job of balancing life, athletics, and academics, but she brought that to an entirely new level this year. Her grades have never been a concern, but getting through the long indoor and outdoor track season has been tricky the past couple of years. This year, we made some changes to help her stay healthy, as she did a better job of staying on top of the areas she's most likely to have injuries crop up,” Seattle U head cross country and track and field coach Trisha Steidl said. “This resulted in her best outdoor track season by far and shows what she's truly capable of moving forward into her senior year. Her focus and tenacity are high-level in all she does and is a big reason why she's such an all-around successful student-athlete.”
In the classroom, Mittelstaedt currently carries a 3.55 grade point average as an environmental science major. She earned Academic All-WAC recognition earlier this year during both the cross country and indoor track and field seasons. She picked up Second Team All-WAC honors for finishing 10th at the 2012 WAC Cross Country Championships during a season in which she continued her two-year streak of being the top Redhawk finisher in every cross country meet she competed in.
Mittelstaedt will begin to prepare for her senior year at Seattle University, where she will be expected to continue as one of the leaders of the Redhawk distance program.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.