Hannah Miller

Year: 2023
Award: Track and Field, College
Location/Affiliation: Colorado School of Mines

  • 2023 NCAA Division II Indoor Pole Vault National Champion
  • 2023 NCAA Division II Outdoor Pole Vault National Runner-up
  • 2023 USTCCCA First-Team All-American in Indoor and Outdoor

Whether she’s competing indoors or outdoors, Hannah Miller soars above the competition. The recent quantitative biosciences and engineering graduate from Colorado School of Mines won the NCAA Division II indoor pole vault national championship, the Orediggers’ first-ever indoor women’s national champion and the program’s first women’s track & field national champion since 2004. Along the way, she set the program and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor record, clearing 4.16 meters, which is 13 feet, 7 3⁄4 inches. Her national championship winning attempt was 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7 1⁄4 inches), successfully clearing the bar in all five attempts.

In the outdoor season, the Cyprus, Texas, native won the silver medal, also clearing 13 feet, 7 1⁄4 inches. Hannah, an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, is competing as a graduate student for Colorado School of Mines, which honored her with the 2022-23 Blaster Award as its Female Athlete of the Year. The Sportswomen of Colorado honor her as the College Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

By Patti Arnold, former Grand Junction Daily Sentinel sports writer (retired)

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