June 11, 2007

Student-Athletes Earn Academic Honors

BLOOMSBURG-- Two Bloomsburg University student-athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom.

Named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Spring Top 10 team was track athlete Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/Middleburg) and men's tennis player Dan Gal (South Park/South Park). In addition, Hackenberg was named to the first team CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 2 team for women's track and cross country. Her name will now be included on the national ballot for a chance to earn Academic All-American honors from CoSIDA.

Hackenberg, a junior majoring in business administration, earned her second PSAC Top 10 award of the year after also being honored in the fall season. This spring she qualified for NCAA track championships at 5,000 meters for third straight year (in a time of 17:28). She was also fourth at the PSAC championships in the 3,000 meters in 10:25 and sixth at 5,000 meters in 18:35. A year ago, Hackenberg was also named first team All-District by CoSIDA.

She was also named the women's cross country MVP in 2006. Among her accomplishments were a 12th place finish at this year's conference championships and an eighth place performance at the NCAA East Regionals where she earned 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.

Gal, a junior majoring in legal studies, was named the PSAC men's tennis athlete of the year for 2006-07. He also won the PSAC Men's Individual championship in October of last year as well as the league's doubles title with teammate Ryan Chow. He completed the season with a 19-4 overall record, including a 10-0 tournament record and a 2-0 mark at this year's conference championships. Against PSAC competition, he lost just one singles match and two doubles matches the entire season. He was also named the team's MVP for the year. The 2005 PSAC Rookie of the Year owns a 43-29 record at Bloomsburg.

The PSAC Top 10 team honors the top five male and female athletes from the spring sports season.