Hannah Cranford Signs With Campbell UniversityKelly Bledsoekellybledsoe@triad.rr.comAt the
end of the homestretch of her high school running career at South Davidson High School, Hannah Cranford has signed a national
letter of intent with Campbell University.The Wildcat senior has enjoyed a highly decorated cross-country
career taking All Conference, All County, All Region honors in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. She was All State her junior
and senior years and was the Conference Champ in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade and County Champion in 11th and 12th grade. Hannah
was named Conference Runner of the Year as a sophomore and junior and MVP each season.
What makes Hannah’s success even more spectacular is that for most of her high
school career she was the only member of the women’s cross-country team forcing her to train with the guys. Her coaches
praise her as “one of the best female 1A runners in the State, year in and year out dominating nearly every competition.”
Hannah is a multi-sport athlete achieving success not only in cross-country
but also on the basketball court as well as on the track taking conference, county and state honors. She was the Conference
Champ in the 800 meter and 1600 meter races (9th, 10th, 11th grade) and County Champion in the 800 meter and 1600 meter races
as a junior.
Looking back on her career Hannah says, “When I moved up to high school I was
focused on playing basketball; cross country and track and field were not really a focus. Going into my sophomore year, I
began to take running more seriously, by training over the summer. Going into my junior and senior year, I put a hard focus
on track and began to see this could be my future in college. It was a difficult decision to not pursue basketball at the
college level, but found it to be the right decision for me.”
The daughter of Benjy and Lisa Cranford, Hannah is a scholar athlete and served as Junior Marshall. Her parents
say, “We are proud of Hannah and all of her accomplishments thus far. She has worked very hard both academically and
athletically. We look forward to seeing what her future holds and are excited about her going to Campbell University.”
She has kept a rigorous schedule oftentimes competing in two sports a season participating in AAU Basketball as well as AAU
Indoor Track and Field where she qualified in the Junior National last summer while maintaining a high GPA. She is also an
active member in Junior Civitan, HOSA, FCA, FFCLA, as well as a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical
Hannah plans to enroll in the
pre-vet program at the Division I college in Buies Creek with plans to become a veterinarian fostered by her love of animals.
She interned at Denton Animal Hospital last year, which became a part-time job for her
“I feel really blessed,” Hannah says of the opportunity to attend Campbell
on an athletic scholarship. “The recruiting process was a difficult but fun process, I got to meet awesome people along
the way by touring and meeting college coaches and athletes. I am excited about what my future holds with Campbell and Coach
Kelly. I felt Campbell to be the right fit for me and my running goals, but more importantly my academic goals and integrity.
“Hannah has put a lot of time in,” says South
coach Mary Stegall. “She’s committed to strengthening herself. She does what she’s got to do and I am very
excited for her to continue her running career at the collegiate level.
When Hannah gets to Campbell she hopes to make an immediate impact on the team. Her true passion is
running and she looks forward to becoming part of The Camel running family.