T&F: Former Seahawk Herman breaks UK record, qualifies for nationals

In just her freshman year of college, Tori Herman has earned herself a spot on the national stage. The Kentucky sensation and former Hilton Head Seahawk rewrote the Wildcat record books Saturday, setting a program-best mark in the 1500 meters and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in June.

Herman rose to the occasion at the East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, taking sixth place in the nearly mile-long race with a sensational time of 4:14.12 to qualify for the event in the national championship meet. The freshman also broke Kentucky’s 1500m program record with the remarkable run, clipping the existing mark of 4:14.91 set by Allison Peare in 2014. 

After a standout career at Hilton Head High including four individual and relay state championships along with a team title in 2017, Herman burst onto the college stage this spring, recording a breakout eighth-place finish in the 1500m at the Joe Walker invitational in April before pulling off her record-breaking performance a month later.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships will be held from June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

By Wes Kerr

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