Was the fourth scorer for the Gauchos at the NCAA Championships, completing the course in 21:52...Had a good showing at the West Regional Championships, finishing third for the Gauchos and 24th overall with a time of 21:07...Battled illness in the days leading up to the Conference Championships, but decided to run anyway and turned in a brave performance -- 14th place at 22:35...Finished in a dead heat with Danielle Domenichelli at Pre-Nationals, with both runners coming in at 21:19...Took 27th at the Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 22:06.
Was part of the team that took 9th at Nationals...Ran 18:02 at the home-opener Lagoon Open...Was 5th for the Gauchos in the Roy Griak Invitational, where the team finished in 1st place...Ran a personal best of 21:41 for the 6k at Pre-Nationals...Was 10th at the Big West Championships and earned All-Conference honors.
A fine Freshman season by the Half Moon Bay native, had her on the top seven traveling squad all year. At the Home Opener, Hitchner finished 12th in 19:05 over 5,000m and a week later finished in the top twenty-five of the UCI Invite with a time of 19:13. She suffered some mid-season setbacks, but then bounced back for the Big West Championships where she finished right behind Domenichelli in 16th place with a 6,000m time of 21:58 coming across the line as the Gauchos fourth runner. At the NCAA West Regional Championships, she again was UCSB's fourth runner, finishing in 92nd place.
Continually improving throughout the year, Hitchner found herself qualifying for the CA 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 as well as Half Moon Bay High's '05 Valedictorian.
In her senior year of track she was coached by UCSB alumnus Chris White (#2 All-Time at 10,000m) She also danced ballet for 15 years and studied the piano for 10 years.
5000m - 17:33
3000m - 10:23
1500m - 4:44