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May 23, 2013
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20 Rock track and field athletes earn All-Region rank

NEW ORLEANS, La. –The Slippery Rock University women's outdoor track and field team has landed eight members, and the SRU men’s outdoor track and field team has landed 12 members on the All-Region Atlantic Region team announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order to be named to the All-Region team, a student-athlete must have had one of the top-five performances of the season in their respective event among all athletes in the region. The Atlantic Region includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Slippery Rock had three women with the top mark in the region and a total of eight with a top-five performance. Two male athletes earned the top mark in the region while nine male athletes reached a top-five mark in an individual event and three others that were a member of a top-five relay.

Rock women athletes named to the team are:

· Julia Cain, an exercise science major from Magnolia, Ohio, and Kaitlyn Clark, an undeclared major from Shepherdstown, W. Va., both pole vaulters who cleared a region-best 3.81 meters this season. Both Cain, who won the PSAC indoor title, and Clark, who won the PSAC outdoor title, will compete in the pole vault at the weekend’s National Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

· Angela Schroeder, an education major from Pittsburgh and pole vaulter, who posted the fifth-best mark in the region with a clearance of 3.59 meters.

· Lexi Arnold, a health and physical education major from Newburg and ranked in the top three regional javelin throwers, had a region-best throw of 45.67 meters, which ranked eighth-best in the nation. She won her third PSAC title in the event and will be looking for her second All-America honor at the weekend’s nationals.

· Sam Taylor, an undeclared major from Monroeville, who earned All-Region honors in javelin with the third-best throw in the region this year at 43.89 meters.

· Ashley West, an undeclared major from Gibsonia, was named to the All-Region team in the high jump, for clearing the second-best height in the region at 1.72 meters this spring. At the weekend nationals, West is looking for her second All-America honor of the year after placing eighth at the indoor national meet.

· Stephanie Case, a biology major from Columbiana, Ohio, was named to the All-Region team in the 5,000-meter run. She broke the SRU school record in the 5k this spring with a time of 16:50.54, which is the third-best time in the region. She too will participate in the nationals.

· Brittany Christiansen, a health and physical education major from Holtsville, N.Y./, was selected in the hammer throw. She had the fourth-best toss in the region this spring at 49.77 meters to earn her first career All-Region honor.

Rock men athletes named to the team are:

· Cameron Daugherty a criminology and criminal justice graduate student from Washington, D.C., led the regional bests as a pole vaulter and reached the NCAA automatic standards by winning the PSAC title. As the defending outdoor national champion, he broke a 10-year-old school record with a clearance of 5.19 meters, the best in the region and the fourth-best in the nation this spring.

· Kevin Jewel, an athletic training major from North Versailles, was an 800-meter runner and also reached the NCAA automatic standard by winning the PSAC title. He won his third PSAC title in the 800m and broke the school record with a time of 1:49.82, also making him the fourth-best in the nation.

· Cody Colagrande, an undecided major from Delmont, and Keiffer Reed, an undecided major from Charleston, W. Va., both pole vaulters made the All-Region team after tying for the fourth-best mark in the region at 4.61 meters.

· DJ Chisom, an elementary education major from Midland, earned his honor in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49 seconds, the fourth-best in the region. He also anchored the All-Region 4x100-meter relay team.

· Hunter Williams, a geology major from Zelienople, Mason McLaughlin, an exercise science major from Butler, Hans Lubich, a health and physical education major from Jefferson, and Chisom, made up the 4X1000 relay team and won the PSAC title and broke a school record set in 1979 with a time of 40.92 seconds, the third-best in the region this spring. Their mark is 16th-best in the nation.

· Jonathan Boyd, a public health major from Evans City, was honored as the top 110-meter hurdle runner in the PSAC all season. He posted the fourth-best time in the region at 14.46 seconds en route to winning the conference title.

· Andrew Greenslade, an exercise science major from Millersville, put together a personal best of 6,190 points in the decathlon to earn his first All-Region honor as the fourth-best in the region.

· David Reinhardt, an undecided major from Bradford, earned his honor in his first outdoor season with the fourth-best javelin throw in the region at 62.12 meters, a mark that qualified him for the National Championships.

· Kyle Toms, a geography major from Hagerstown, Md., who has the fourth-best mark in the region in the shot put, won the PSAC title with a throw of 16.42 meters.

Daugherty, Jewel and Reinhardt can earn All-America honors from the USTFCCCA this weekend’s the National Championships.

The USTFCCCA also released its final regional team rankings for the 2013 season this week. Four-time defending PSAC champion Shippensburg earned the region's No. 1 ranking, while SRU ranked third in the region and second among PSAC schools.

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