April 16, 2008

Bloomsburg University's Amber Hackenberg Named to PSAC Winter Top 10 Team

BLOOMSBURG- For the fourth time in her career, Bloomsburg University cross country/track athlete Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/Middleburg) has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Top 10 Award for the Winter 2007-08.

The Top Ten Awards, selected by the PSAC's sports information directors, recognize student-athletes who distinguish themselves in the classroom, as well as in the arena of competition. The conference designates Top Ten Award winners after each of the sports seasons: fall, winter and spring.

To be a candidate for the Top Ten Awards, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Only student-athletes from the winter sports season are eligible for the Winter Top Ten Awards. Those sports are: wrestling, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, and men's and women's indoor track & field.

At the end of the academic year, the league announces the Scholar-Athlete Awards, which recognize student-athletes on all PSAC squads with 3.25 cumulative GPAs or better. Additionally, the PSAC names the top Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of Year, recently renamed the Pete Nevins Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Hackenberg owns a near perfect GPA with her 3.98 in business administration. The senior won her first PSAC indoor track & field championship back in March as she took home gold in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:52. She also finished second at the PSAC championships in the 3,000-meter run.

In her career, Hackenberg became the first cross country All-American in Bloomsburg women's history after finishing 34th at the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championships. The Huskies, as a team, finished 15th out of 24 teams, and were the first Bloomsburg cross country team to ever qualify for the NCAA championships. Hackenberg, whose 48th place finish in 2005 was the best previous mark in school history, topped that with her finish in this year's event. She covered the 6k course in 21:45 and was the second finisher from the league. Her effort helped the Huskies claim their first ever PSAC championship in Cross Country. She also finished sixth overall at the NCAA Division II East Regional. Her finished propelled the Huskies to their first ever Regional Championship.

In her career Hackenberg has also been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and is a three-time recipient of the Bloomsburg Scholar-Athlete award. She was also named Bloomsburg's Female Underclassmen Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 and is a three-time women's cross country MVP and also the 2005 women's track team MVP.

This is Hackenberg's fourth time to earn the PSAC Top 10 Award being selected in the Fall 2006, Spring 2007, and Fall 2008.