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JULY 31, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

USTFCCCA honors 14 SRU student athletes; women’s team

NEW ORLEANS – Eight members of the Slippery Rock University women’s track and field team and five members of the men’s team have been named to All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their performance in the classroom and on the field. The women’s team also earned All-Academic team honors.

The team honor is given teams in which the collective roster compiles a cumulative grade point average at or above the 3.0 mark. The SRU women’s team boasts a roster of more than 100 athletes and posted a team GPA of 3.346 for the year.

The women’s list includes repeat honors for Lexi Arnold of Newburg, Kim Goth of New Bethlehem, Caitlin Hancox of Meadville, Angela Schroeder of Pittsburgh, and Jayme Stanek of Patton, joined by first-timers Kara Styles of Windbe, Julia Cain of Magnolia, Ohio, Stephanie Case of Columbiana, Ohio.

The eight women mark the fifth highest total of individual honorees of all Division II institutions and ranked second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. SRU’s women’s team placed second at the PSAC Indoor Championships and third at the PSAC Outdoor Championships. The Rock has not placed out of the top-three at either meet since the 2005 outdoor season.

The Rock's men’s list, with four repeat selections, includes: Cameron Daugherty of Jacksonville, N.C., Trevor Foley of Titusville, Ethan Geisler of Slippery Rock, and Kevin Jewel of North Versailles, joined by this year’s recipients Dan Hedglin of Pittsburgh, and Kyle Toms of Hagerstown, Md.

To be eligible for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or above and reach at least the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in their respective event during the indoor or outdoor seasons.

SRU’s six selections are the third-highest total of all NCAA Division II institutions and tied with East Stroudsburg University for the most in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Only 164 male student-athletes in the nation earned the honor.

The Rock men placed second in the PSAC Championships during both the just-ended indoor and outdoor seasons and claimed the PSAC Team GPA Award for the highest collective team GPA in the league.

John Papa is the head coach for both teams.

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.