ATLANTA — Former Georgia State cross country and track and field standout Rachel Hannah has qualified for the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) World Cross Country Championships as part of the Canadian National Team.
Hannah (GSU ‘07) was a two-time All-CAA runner and won the conference meet in 2007. That same year, the Barrie, Ontario-native qualified for the NCAA Cross Country National Championship in Tere Haute, Ind., where she placed 95th. Hannah competed for the Panthers from 2004-2007.
Hannah earned a spot on the Canadian National team with a ninth place finish at the Canadian National Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian team advanced to the World Championships by winning the NACAC title with 18 points, aided by Hannah’s sixth-place finish at the regional meet.
The only other Panther to compete in the World Cross Country Championships was Andrew Letherby, who ran for the Australian national team in 2007. A three-time NCAA Championship qualifier for GSU, Letherby finished 44th at the 2007 World Championship meet held in Mombasa, Kenya.
The 2013 World Cross Country Championships will be held at Myslecinek Park in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24. Over 55 countries and 487 athletes are expected to participate in the event.