June 26, 2008

Amber Hackenberg Named Second Team Academic All-American

BLOOMSBURG-- Former Bloomsburg University cross country and track standout Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/Middleburg) can add one more honor to her long list of accomplishments. She was named second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America for women's track & field/cross country teams in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hackenberg, who graduated in May, had previously earned third team Academic All-American honors in 2007. Most recently she was named to the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Spring Top 10 team, the fifth Top 10 award in her career after previously being selected in Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007 and Winter 2007-08. She graduated with a near perfect GPA of 3.98 in business administration and was the top honors graduate from the College of Business. She was also named BU's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner for 2007-08.

Hackenberg was the winner of the 2007-08 winner of the Eleanor Wray Award as Bloomsburg's Top Female Senior Athlete. As a member of the cross country team Hackenberg earned All-PSAC honors after a fifth-place finish at the conference championships to help the Huskies to their first PSAC women's cross country championship in school history. She also earned All-Region honors with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Regional championships and the first-ever regional title in school history which qualified the Huskies for the NCAA championships.

At the NCAA national championships Hackenberg became the school's first All-American in women's cross country with a 34th place finish, the best ever placement for a BU runner. As a track athlete, Hackenberg qualified for the PSAC Indoor championships in three events and won the 5,000 meter event by more than 27 seconds over the second place finisher and took second at 3,000 meters to earn All-PSAC honors. In the outdoor season, Hackenberg qualified for the PSAC Outdoor championships in three events and shattered the school record at 5,000 meters by more than 25 seconds taking the mark from 17:43 to 17:16. She capped off her career by qualifying for the NCAA Division II championships at 5,000 meters. Overall in her career Hackenberg qualified for four NCAA track championships and two NCAA cross country championships.

She was also Bloomsburg's Female Underclassmen Athlete of the Year in 2005-06; was a four-time women's cross country MVP; the 2005 women's track team MVP and was named to the 2007 All-Academic team by the US Track and Field Coaches Association.