UC Santa Barbara
Hitchner struggled with a bout of anemia during the track season, but was able to return for the 2009 cross country season, where she was the fifth scorer on the Gaucho team that took the Conference Championship.
Redshirted the 2008 season due to injury.
Ran a 17:33 5000m to open the season...Ran 4:44 in the 1500m at the Northridge Invite, but suffered an injury that lingered throughout the remainder of the season...Came back from injury to place eighth in the 10,000m at the Conference Championships.
Focusing on the longer distances, Hitchner set personal bests in the middle of the season before coming down with a bout of heat exhaustion at the Cal Poly SLO - UCSB Dual, which left her unable to run at full strength at the Big West Championships. At the Cal-Nevada Championships she ran a Big West qualifying 18:09.87, and then two weeks later in the rain at the Pomona Invite set a 1500m best of 4:49.73.
Continually improving throughout the year, Hitchner found herself qualifying for the Calif. State Championships with a 5:02.71 personal best at the Central Coast Section 1600m finals. Her mark ranked 39th in the state...At 3200m she also set a personal best when it counted, running 11:18.47 at the CCS semi-finals...Off the track Hitchner excelled academically as Half Moon Bay High's 2005 valedictorian...In her senior year she was coached by UCSB alumnus Chris White (No. 2 all-time at 10,000m).
Hitchner has completed her undergraduate work and currently holds a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology...Earned distinction in the major and honors at graduation...Danced ballet for 15 years and studied the piano for 10 years.
Collegiate Career Bests
5000m - 16:43
1500m - 4:34