BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University senior football player, Zac Barton (Berryville, VA/ Loudan Valley), and junior cross-country runner, Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/ Middleburg), have been named to the 2006 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top Ten. The award, which is selected by the PSAC 's sports information directors, honors ten PSAC student athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field during the fall season. 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.
Barton, a defensive end, has a 3.73 GPA as a history major. A tri-captain of the 2006 Bloomsburg squad that won the NCAA Northeast Region Championship and advanced to the national semifinals, he posted 37 tackles (17 solo), 10 tackles for loss (-36 yds) and registered six sacks (-32 yds). Barton also broke up five passes and recovered one fumble. He earned second-team All-PSAC East and Daktronics second-team All-Northeast Region honors in addition to an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II first-team selection.
Hackenberg, an accounting and finance major, boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA. Hackenberg finished 12th at this year's PSAC Championships and captured eighth place in the NCAA East Regionals, earning All-PSAC and all-region honors for her efforts. She also placed third in the Husky Invitational, fifth in the Slippery Rock Invitational and seventh in the Bucknell Bison Open. Hackenberg was also named the 2005 MVP of the cross country team after placing 48th out of 180 runners at the NCAA II cross country championships and placing fourth in the PSAC Championships.
The other members of the top ten include IUP's Nicole Blaesser (cross country) and Anthony Celletti (football), Kutztown's Sarah Brandon (volleyball), Slippery Rock's Mike Butterworth (football), West Chester's Julie Karcher (soccer), Edinboro's Rachel Lanzel (cross country), Lock Haven's Chris Robson (cross country) and East Stroudsburg's Jimmy Terwilliger (football).