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Jan. 6, 2016

Beatrice Hannan was an immediate success as a freshman for Ohio State in 2015, helping the 4×400-meter relay team to Big Ten gold medals, school records and All-America accolades. Entering her sophomore season, Hannan is focused on continuing her winning ways in the 4×4 while making a name for her herself in the 400-meter dash.

On her freshman season in 2015
“It was very exciting. I didn’t expect any of that to happen because I had never ran 400’s in high school so the whole transition of changing from a short sprinter to a long sprinter was a huge change for me. Also, competing at such a high level was challenging but exciting at the same time.”

On the transition from high school to college running
“It was so much harder than I thought it was going to be. Preseason, just the first day, my legs had never been so sore in my life and I was struggling to climb up to my bed. After getting used to it, it was still hard but I knew what to expect and the level of performance I had to be at so it got better as the season went on. Entering this season, physically it has still been the same grind but mentally I feel a lot stronger.”

On her goals for 2016
“For our relay team our goal is definitely to win the Big Ten, both indoor and outdoor. Individually I would like to make myself known because last year I didn’t do as well as I wanted to in the 400 but I feel like after having a year under my belt I know what level I have to compete at to make myself known. I know I can run these times, I just have to do it when it really counts.”

On success in the relays
“Team chemistry is the key. We all have to trust each other, which I know we did last year – we got along really well. We have to hold each other accountable. If we know someone isn’t doing what they need to be doing during practice, we’re not afraid to tell each other, ‘hey, you need to step it up.’ We know we have a goal we all want to get to and we know what each of us has to do to reach that goal.”