Southwestern’s Savannah Hubbard (front, center) is pictured with her mother Michelle and father Scott and Southwestern (back, form left) track and field coach Josh Wilber, athletic director Tom Scroggins and track and field coach Jenny Laws. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern’s Savannah Hubbard (front, center) is pictured with her mother Michelle and father Scott and Southwestern (back, form left) track and field coach Josh Wilber, athletic director Tom Scroggins and track and field coach Jenny Laws. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Savannah Hubbard knew that she wanted to run track in college but she didn't want to go too far from home. Luckily for her, Hanover College was almost literally next door.

Hubbard, a three-sport standout at Southwestern, announced that she was going to compete in track and field at nearby Hanover College in the fall. Combined with Hanover's excellent academic reputation, its strong women's track and field program and its location, the local college was the perfect fit.

"I've always like Hanover. I've grown up around it and it's just been part of me," Hubbard said. "I don't like being away from home and I just fell in love with the track and field program. I like all of the track coaches and the teammates. It was perfect for me."

Hanover coach Brian Power and his staff have built the women's track and field program into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's powerhouse over the past two seasons. The women have won the last two HCAC indoor crowns and are favored to win an outdoor title this weekend at Manchester.

Despite being only a freshman next fall, Hubbard should be able to step right in and help the Panthers from day one. The school record holder in both the long jump (16 feet, 11.75 inches) and the 400-meter relay, Hubbard is also a standout hurdler.

"They said that my main focus is going to be on long jump and probably 400 hurdles," Hubbard said. "I just need to work on being more consistent."

In her four years at Southwestern, Hubbard has achieved so many accomplishments that her mother Michelle joked that she "ran out of room on her jacket."

Along with her two school track and field records, Hubbard is also an eight-time Ohio River Valley Conference champion and a regional qualifier in the 400 relay, the 1600 relay and long jump. She won the sectional last year in the 300 hurdles and was a member of the ORVC record-setting 400 relay team.

That's not all. She was also a four-year starter on a volleyball team that won three sectional championships. She set the school record for highest passing percentage and was an Indiana Elite South All-Star.

Hubbard was also a two-year starter in basketball and she led the Lady Rebels in scoring this past season. She was a three-time captain and named to The Madison Courier's All-Courierarea Second Team.

While Hubbard is a standout athlete, she's an even more accomplished student. She is currently ranked fourth in her class of 92 with a GPA of 4.15 on a 4.0 scale. She plans to major in biology with a minor in chemistry and an eye toward optometry, veterinary medicine or nurse practitioner.

"Savannah is just a hard worker, she's driven, you don't have to stay on her constantly," Southwestern track and field coach Jenny Laws said. "I always ask my athletes to put in 100 percent. She always puts in 115, 120, 130 percent. I couldn't ask for a better role model and we're really, really going to miss her next year. But I'm happy she picked Hanover. I think it will be a good program for her."