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Jan. 29, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU cross country runner earns PSAC Fall Top 10 honor

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Kara Styles, a Slippery Rock University physical therapy graduate student from Windber and a distance runner on the women’s cross country team, has been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Fall Top 10 in honor of her excellence in the classroom and on the field of competition.

The PSAC Top 10 is awarded after the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons and recognizes just 10 student-athletes from all institutions, five females and five males, for their outstanding performances in athletics and academics. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, have a cumulative grade-point average above 3.50 and be a key contributor to their athletic team.

Styles was named the PSAC Champion Scholar at the cross country championships last fall for having the highest grade-point average (4.0) among athletes competing in the championship. The honor is her second after claiming the same honor at the 2012 outdoor track and field championships.

She was the number two runner for The Rock, earning All-PSAC honors with an 18th-place finish at the conference meet and earning All-Region honors with a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional meet.

The honor is the first Top 10 recognition for the two-time Champion Scholar who has previously been named to Capital One Academic All-America honors and U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors.

The PSAC Top 10 is nominated for and voted on by the sports information directors in the conference. All PSAC top 10 honorees advance to the ballot for the Pete Nevins Scholar Athlete of the Year award, which is presented after spring semester.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.