ShareThis Page

Latrobe grad Hanna Green advances to NCAA finals in 800m

| Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
Courtesy Virginia Tech athletics
Latrobe grad Hanna Green competes for Virginia Tech at the NCAA Championship East Region event.
Courtesy Virginia Tech athletics
Hanna Green, a Latrobe native, competes for Virginia Tech track and field at the NCAA Championship East Region event.

When Hanna Green was a senior at Latrobe in 2013, she told her coaches after the PIAA Track and Field Championships that she wasn't going to compete in the 800-meter run in college.

Her Latrobe coaches knew better, even though she didn't want to hear it.

She felt she was a 400 runner, an event she excelled in during high school. She was a WPIAL champion in the 400 her senior season and placed fourth in the PIAA meet.

Green, a sophomore at Virginia Tech, had coaches who knew what they were talking about. She has become one of the top 800 runners in the NCAA.

She has the fourth-best time for Division I women this season, and Green won her semifinal heat in 2 minutes, 3.35 seconds Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., to advance to the finals Saturday. She led the race from start to finish.

“I learned to like the event,” Green said. “I worked hard and now I believe in myself. That's something I had to overcome.”

Green owns the indoor and outdoor records at Virginia Tech. She broke her own mark numerous times and her record time of 2:01.72 occurred in the ACC Championships on May 16.

She finished second at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

She earned All-America honors after finishing 13th in the 2014 NCAA finals, and has earned All-America honors by advancing to the finals.

“I've surprised myself,” Green said. “I've train hard and my goal this weekend is to finish better than I did in the NCAA Indoor Championships.”

She placed fifth.

Green ran a 2:05.29 to set her own indoor mark and earned First Team All-America Honors for the first time in her career. She also earned Second Team All-America honors last season at the outdoor championships.

Green was named Indoor Track and Field Indoor Most Valuable Player and was nominated as best female athlete at Virginia Tech, where she also runs the 400 and 1,500. This year, she won the ACC Indoor Championships by edging Clemson's Natoya Goule.

Goule, however, edged Green in the ACC Outdoor finals in another classic race, and the two will race again in Saturday's NCAA final.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.