2017 Adrian Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Women’s Track & Cross Country Phenom Danielle Alexandra Hobbs Savard

2017 Adrian Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Women’s Track & Cross Country Phenom Danielle Alexandra Hobbs Savard

ADRIAN, Mich.--As the former Danielle Hobbs '04, Danielle was a standout runner in two cross country and track & field for the Bulldogs during the mid-2000s, receiving eight varsity letters combined. She and four other individuals--plus the 2007-08 NCAA men's hockey team--will be the latest class of inductees to be enshrined in the Adrian College Athletics Hall of Fame. The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will honor them in a dinner ceremony on Friday (6 p.m.) in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities on-campus.

Danielle's cross country accomplishments are impressive. She was named All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association four times and is the first Bulldog to land on the first team twice (2002-03), while being tabbed all-region. She also excelled in the classroom evidenced by four years on both the conference honor roll and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Scholar All-American accolades. She was a team captain and Bulldogs most valuable player.

On the track, Danielle set four school records in the 1500-meter run, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m during her Adrian career. Like Cross Country, she placed on the academic all-conference team four times and was a multiple Scholar All-American by the national governing body for coaches. She provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase. She was a team MVP and captain, as well.

Because of her dominating performances during the 2003-04 academic year, she was named the AC Senior Female Athlete of the Year. 

"The best memories from my athletic career are all of the awesome teammates and coaches I had in my four years of competing, and the good times we had on and off the track," Danielle said. "I still keep up with some of them today and others I wish I did.

"Breaking my first school record in the 5000-meters during a last chance meet out of state in my freshman year stands out to me. Another exciting memory was getting to stand on the MIAA championships podium in my senior season for the javelin, because I was pumped that I broke throwing over 100 feet. One last good memory is the Hillsdale College Gina Relays of my senior year when I re-broke both school records in the 1500m and steeplechase, thinking I had the best two races of my collegiate career and feeling like things really clicked." 

After more than a decade since finishing her last collegiate race, Danielle still is an avid runner on a competitive basis. She has run in collegiate meets as an unattached athlete. Interestingly, she bettered her AC steeplechase record of 11 minutes and 6.7 seconds--which still stands--at the Hillsdale Gina Relays just before her 29th birthday. The mathematics graduate also has completed the Boston Marathon.

Danielle, an employee with Edward Jones Investments, is married to her husband, Dennis Savard '04, and they have a daughter, Josephine (1). Dennis also competed in Cross Country and Track & Field at Adrian College. Danielle lived in Scotland for a brief time after leaving Adrian, but now makes her home in Rochester Hills with her family.

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