February 14, 2008

Bloomsburg Cross Country Runners Honored for Academics


BLOOMSBURG- Several members of the Bloomsburg University cross country program have been selected by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to the 2007 NCAA Division II All-Academic Cross Country team.

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The student athlete must also finish in the top 30 percent of individual participants at their respective regional cross country championships. On the women's side, three members of the Bloomsburg squad were selected to the team- Amber Hackenberg (Middleberg/Middleberg), Beth Schwing (Hershey/Lower Dauphin) and Michelle Jansen (Warrington/C.B South) - who on the course played key roles in the Huskies winning the 2007 PSAC Cross Country Title and the NCAA Division II East Region Championship.

Hackenberg, a senior, finished off the season by earning All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first person in the history of the Bloomsburg program to earn the honor. Hackenberg also paced the team at the East Regional's with a team best sixth place finish and at the PSAC Championships with a fifth place finish. She was also named to the PSAC Fall Top Ten and to the CoSIDA All-District First Team.

Schwing, a junior, finished 13th at the PSAC Championships and ninth at the East Regionals. She was also featured in a NCAA Fall Championships show in December of 2007 that was televised nationally on CBS.

Jansen, a sophomore, finished in the top 60 at the PSAC Championships and the East Regional's to help the Huskies claim both titles.

On the men's side, Tim Marcoe (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic) was selected to the squad. Marcoe, a senior, had top finishes at the Buffalo State Invitational, where he finished 12th and the Husky Invitational where he placed seventh. He also placed 58th at the PSAC Championships, helping the Huskies finish fifth overall in the competition.