NEW ORLEANS – The Slippery Rock University women’s cross country team led the nation with seven selections to the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.
The Rock placed the maximum of seven runners on the All-Academic team, matching the University of Mary and Western State for top honors in Division II.
To be eligible for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must maintain above a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and finish in the top-30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships or in the top-50 percent at the National Championships.
All seven of SRU’s women runners at the Regional Championships met the qualifications, including All-Region performers Jen Harpp from Highland Heights, Ohio, and Crystal Burnick from Collegeville, Pa.
Harpp placed third at the regional meet and earned a berth in the National Championships, where she placed 15th to earn All-America honors. Burnick picked up All-Region accolades with an 11th-place finish.
Both Harpp and Burnick are repeat selections to the All-Academic team. Joining them as repeat selections are Sally Dugas from Slovan, Pa.; Abby Michaelian from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Becky Younger from Toms River, N.J. Dugas placed 37th at the regional meet, with Younger placing 61st and Michaelian crossing the line 76th.
Stephanie Case from Columbiana, Ohio, and Becky Belding from Canton, Ohio, rounded out SRU’s All-Academic honorees as first time selections.
The Rock women’s team finished third at both the PSAC and the NCAA Atlantic Regional championships in 2010.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference led all Division II conferences with 52 selections to the 2010 All-Academic team.
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