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 Good News: Rock lands eight on All-Academic team 



SRU Good News for March 1, 2010


Rock lands eight on All-Academic team

NEW ORLEANS - Six members of the Slippery Rock University women's cross country team and two members of the men's squad have been named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Academic team.

Earning the honor for SRU women's team are Crystal Burnick of Collegeville; Caitlin Hancox of Meadville; Jen Harpp of Highland Heights, Ohio; Abby Michaelian of Mechanicsburg; Sarah Thompson of Slippery Rock; and Becky Younger of Toms River, N.J. Brian Ulrich of Duncannon and Eric Geddis of Cranberry Township represent The Rock men's cross county team.

In order to be eligible for All-Academic honors, an individual must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and finish in the top 30 percent of all finishers at the NCAA Regional Championship meet or in the top 50 percent at the NCAA National Championships.

The Rock women's team placed six student-athletes on the All-Academic team, which is the second-highest number of any Division II institution and the most of all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference institutions.

The PSAC led all conferences with 43 females and 27 males named to the All-Academic team. 

The Rock women's cross country team placed third at the PSAC Championships and fourth at the NCAA Regional Championships. 

Harpp led the way, earning All-Conference and All-Region honors before becoming the highest-finishing SRU female runner in the program's history at the National Championships, earning All-America honors. 

Burnick and Michaelian each earned All-PSAC honors, while Burnick added an All-Region honor with a 10th-place finish.

SRU placed seventh at both the PSAC and Regional meets, with Ulrich leading the way. He placed 10th at the Regional Championships to earn All-Region honors. 

Geddis was the third Rock finisher at the Regional meet, placing 55th.


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. 


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