WILL RUN AWAY FROM HOME – Hannah Bruggeman, El Dorado Springs Cross Country record holder and 2013 graduate, signed with Drury University in Springfield on Friday, May 24, to be a member of their track team this fall. Along with her parents, Sherry and Mark, coaches Brian Goatley (L) and Josh Smith were also present.
Smith said, “They’re getting a great kid. She helped start the cross-country team and holds three records here. She's been a state qualifier seven times and was All State Cross Country last year. She has a great future at Drury. She hasn’t had much competition here on our team. At Drury she’ll have more people on her level to learn.”
Hannah said she anticipates growing as a runner and an athlete. Her immediate goals at Drury include going with the flow the first year.
EHS long distance runner Hannah Bruggeman has signed to run cross country and track at Drury University in Springfield. Having competed in track since 7th grade, Hannah was one of the founding members of the El Dorado Springs Cross County Team in 2010. She has been a pillar of the team and has helped establish a solid distance program on the track.
Hannah has had some major accomplishments during her high school athletics career including: seven time state qualifier (3 in cross country and 4 in track) and All- State cross country 2012. Hannah has also left her mark on the record books at EHS. Hannah holds the following school records: 5K (3.1 miles) 20:28, 3200 meters (2 miles) 12:34, and she was on the record breaking 4×800 team. She was also the leader on the first ever girls cross- country team to qualify to state as a complete team. With all of her accomplishments, Hannah has set expectations very high for future distance runners at EHS.
Hannah chose to attend Drury because she wanted a school that would challenge her athletically and it seemed like a great fit. The Drury team has been very welcoming to her. Drury is well respected academically and that is important to her as she plans to major in nursing.
Drury is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The school has an established coach and program that is sure to provide a great future for Hannah.