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 Good News: SRU distance runner named to PSAC Winter Top-Ten 



SRU Good News for April 29, 2009


SRU distance runner named to PSAC Winter Top-Ten

           Jenn Harpp, a Slippery Rock University distance runner from Highland Heights, Ohio, has been named a member of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Winter Top-Ten.

           Selections are made by the conference's sports information directors.

           The PSAC Top-Ten honors 10 student-athletes - five men and five women - each season that have distinguished themselves in the classroom and in competition.

           To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry above a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average or higher and have significant athletic credentials.

           Harpp had a breakout year during winter, in which she set two individual records and two records as a member of relay teams.

           Her top season performance came at the NCAA Division II National Championships, where she earned All-America honors with a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Her time of 16:33.38 was the second-fastest in Division II and the top-mark in the PSAC. It also established a new school record by nearly one minute. The old record was 17:26.64.

           Harpp scored eight points at the National Championships, which was more points than any other individual PSAC athlete.

           Her second school record came in the 3,000-meter run, where she placed third at the PSAC Championships with a time of 9:44.53, more than 20 seconds faster than the SRU previous 10:06.00.

           She also ran on both the 4x800-meter and distance medley relay teams at the PSAC event.

           The 4x800-meter relay team placed third with a school record time of 9:28.97, while the distance medley team placed fourth with a school record of 12:00.97.

           Harpp's three-event effort at the PSAC meet helped the team to its third consecutive title as The Rock narrowly edged Shippensburg for the team championship.

           During the year, she reached the NCAA automatic qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run and the provisional qualifying time in the mile, just missing the school record in that event.

           Harpp's success in the indoor season has carried over to the outdoor season, where she shattered the school record in the 10,000-meter run with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 35:21.65, which ranks her fifth in the nation. She also reached the NCAA automatic qualifier in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:51.65, which also ranks her fifth in the nation.

           Harpp is an exercise science major and has been an All-Academic selection by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in each of her seasons at SRU.

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