Oakland U - Brittni Hutton Signs Professional Contract
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ROCHESTER, Mich. - Brittni Hutton, a 2013 Oakland University graduate, recently signed on with the American Distance Project based in Colorado Springs to run at the next level and compete for adidas/Boulder Running Company. Hutton completed an impressive senior season in 2012 with USTFCCCA All-Academic honors and she was also The Summit League champion, just the second to do so in Oakland's history, and the Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
"I'm doing this because I don't see a limit. I don't pressure myself to run. I am doing what I am passionate about," Hutton told RunMichigan.com. "I know I am not the best right now, but that doesn't matter because I will be the best when the time comes. I am extremely excited for this opportunity and I cannot wait to be the winner carrying the American flag."
Hutton's career boasts personal bests of 16:40 for the 5,000m run and 34:56 for 10K in addition to the two third-place finishes she tallied at Summit League championships while at Oakland - 10:35.3 in the 3,000m steeplechase and 16:59.3 in the 5,000m run.
"It was an honor working with Brittni for 3 years," said coach Paul Rice of his former athlete. "She had a great career and left behind a legacy that most would be envious of. As with most of my athletes, she probably taught me just as much as I taught her. I am very proud of her and very excited that she will continue to train and compete at a high level in our sport. The ADP group seems like a great fit for her and I know she will thrive in that environment. I look forward to following her professional career, and seeing the great examples she continues to set for the young ladies in our program. I hope that Brittni's pro career will inspire others in our program to strive for a post collegiate career as well."
The American Distance Project is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is the development of American distance runners to be internationally competitive. Founded in 2006, the ADP has provided coaching for runners including Fernando Cabada (American Record Holder for 25k), and US National Team members that have included Alisha Williams, Wendy Thomas, Fasil Bizuneh, Stephanie Herbst-Lucke, and Stephanie Pezzullo, among others.