SRU Good News for July 9, 2009
Six women, four men earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors
Six members of the Slippery Rock University women's track and field program and four men from the men's track and field team have been named to U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Academic honors.
To be eligible for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or above and must reach the NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying standard in their event.
SRU's 10-member total on the All-Academic men's and women's teams are the most of any school in the PSAC.
Representing SRU on the 2008-09 women's All-Academic team are Lacey Cochran from Freeport, Jenn Harpp from Highland Heights, Ohio, Laura Mucho from Washington, Pa., Amanda Seigworth from Cranesville, Allison Smith from Aliquippa and Tiffany Tedesco from Plum.
On the men's team are: Joeri Moerman from the Netherlands, Mike Rose from Houston, Pa., James Schneider from New Wilmington and Jeff Weiss from Avella.
Cochran, an elementary education major, reached NCAA qualifying standards in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season and the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes outdoor. She set SRU records in the 400m during both seasons and capped the year by earning All-America honors as a member of the record-setting 4x400-meter relay at the outdoor National Championships.
who is in SRU's 3+3 exercise science and Physical Therapy Program, posted the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in the nation during the indoor season and added top-six marks in the same event and the 10,000-meter run during the outdoor season. The highlight of her year came at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, where she earned All-America honors with a second-place finish in the 5,000m. She broke SRU records in the 3,000m, 5,000m, 4x800m, and distance medley relays during the indoor season and set a new record in the 10,000m outdoors.
Mucho, who graduated in May, broke the SRU record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and posted the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season. She capped her year by winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title in the event.
Seigworth, a biochemistry major, hosted one of the top-five times in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles during the outdoor season and also qualified for the National Championships in the 100-meter hurdles. She capped her year by earning All-America honors as a member of SRU's record-setting 4x400-meter relay at the outdoor National Championship meet.
Smith, an exercise science major, joined Seigworth with one of the top marks in the nation this season in the 400-meter hurdles. She also capped her season by earning All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay.
a communication major, reached the provisional qualifying standard in the 200-meter run during the outdoor season. She won the 200m at the PSAC Championships during the indoor season and capped her year by earning All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay outdoors.
an international student, reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 400-meter run during the outdoor season. The highlight of his year came in breaking the SRU record in the 400m during the outdoor campaign.
a health and physical education major, reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon during the indoor season. Rose's top mark in the seven-event competition established a new SRU record.
a health and physical education major, reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault during the outdoor season.
a health and physical education major, closed his collegiate career as one of the most highly decorated SRU track and field athletes of all time. A four-time All-American in cross country, he closed his career by earning his third All-America honors in the 10,000-meter run outdoors. Weiss also competed in the 5,000-meter run at outdoor nationals and the mile run at the indoor national championships. He claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship in the 3,000-meter run during the indoor season and leaves the program with three individual school records.
The Rock women's team claimed its third consecutive PSAC title indoors and its fourth-consecutive PSAC Championship outdoors. SRU finished the outdoor season as the top-ranked team in the Atlantic Region and the fifth-ranked team in the national power rankings.
Head coach John Papa was named PSAC and Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Dave Labor was named the Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
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