SRU Good News for Feb. 10, 2010
SRU's Harpp, Deighton named to PSAC Fall Top 10
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Two Slippery Rock University seniors, Jen Harpp of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Jeremy Deighton of Broadview Heights, Ohio, have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Fall Top 10 in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and in athletics last fall.
The PSAC Top 10 is awarded to five males and five females after the fall, winter and spring seasons. To be a candidate for the award, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and must be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials for their respective team.
The conference's sports information directors vote on the award.
Harpp, a senior physical therapy major. capped her collegiate cross country career this fall when she earned All-America honors with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships, marking the highest finish by an SRU female running in the program's history. She also earned All-PSAC and All-Region honors with fourth-place finishes in each of those championship meets.
She won the IUP Invitational and broke the course record in the process. Her lowest finish in any meet all season was the 11th-place showing at the National Championships. This award marks her second PSAC Top 10 honor, having been named to the winter Top 10 last year after placing second in the 5,000-meter run at the Indoor National Championships.
Deighton, a senior marketing major, earns his first PSAC Top 10 honor on the heels of one of the most accomplished seasons in SRU's men's soccer history. Deighton led the PSAC and the Atlantic Region in scoring, netting 21 goals and adding seven assists for 49 points. He also led the league and the region in game-winning goals with nine and hat tricks with two, including one in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
He was named to first team All-America honors, along with first team All-Region and All-PSAC honors as well. He repeated as the PSAC-West Player of the Year and was then named the Atlantic Region Player of the Year. Academically, Deighton was named to first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors and third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America also named him to first team Scholar All-America honors.
Slippery Rock was one of three schools in the PSAC to have multiple selections on the PSAC Fall Top 10, joining Edinboro and East Stroudsburg with two each. At the end of the academic year, all Top 10 Award winners from the entire academic year are eligible for the PSAC Pete Nevins Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, given to one male and one female candidate. SRU female athletes have received the award in each of the last two seasons, with Jen Hansen honored in 2007-08 for her track and field work, and Jen Blasko in 2008-09 for volleyball.
2009 PSAC Fall Top 10
Jessica Bennett, West Chester, women's soccer;
Jeremy Deighton, Slippery Rock, men's soccer;
Mary Dell, Shippensburg, women's cross country;
Lindsay Foder, East Stroudsburg, women's soccer;
Matt Freed, East Stroudsburg, football;
Jen Harpp, Slippery Rock, women's cross country;
Trevor Harris, Edinboro, football;
Taylor Hilinski, Mercyhurst, women's soccer;
Chris Lantinen, Edinboro, men's cross country; and
Dan Latorre, Bloomsburg, football.
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