Gore woman Hannah Miller won several awards at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) mid-year awards in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.
SMU held its annual awards dinner to mark the end of the cross-country season, which began in September, Miller said.
Miller, who has a four-year scholarship to attend SMU, received the Most Valuable Cross Country Player award, the Most Valuable Player on Track award and Highest GPA within her cross-country team, the Mustangs.
During the season Miller won the women’s race in the American Athletic Conference Cross-Country Championship in Belmont, Philadelphia.
“I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of my teammates, family, and wonderful, wonderful coach,” Miller said.
“They believe in me more than I do myself many days and inspire me to be fearless each and every day,” she said.
Miller said she was now on the road to the 2018 indoor track season, which ran from January to March and was followed by the outdoor track season which ran from March to June.
“I cannot wait to rip up the coming track season.”
While running for the university’s track team is a big part of her life, Miller is also completing a double degree in journalism and international politics at SMU.
Her short-term goal as a runner is to compete in the 2018 University Games, with her ultimate goal being to race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Miller said she was expecting to be back in New Zealand for Christmas.