January 29, 2008

Hackenberg Named to PSAC Fall Top Ten

BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University senior cross-country/track athlete Amber Hackenberg (Middleberg/Middleberg) has been named to the 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top Ten team.

The award, which is selected by PSAC sports information directors, recognizes five female and five male student athletes who have excelled in both 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.

Hackenberg, an accounting and finance major, boasts a 3.98 GPA. This past cross country season was historic for Hackenberg as she became the first Bloomsburg women's cross country runner to earn All-American honors after finishing 34th at the 2007 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships. Hackenberg was also an integral part of a Bloomsburg squad that qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history, as she placed fifth at the PSAC Championships and sixth at the NCAA Division II East Regionals, both of which were won by Bloomsburg as a team.

This is the third time in Hackenberg's career that she has been named to the PSAC Top Ten, as she received the award in the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. Hackenberg was also named to the CoSIDA All-District first team this fall 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.

The other members of the Top Ten include Slippery Rock's Jen Blasko (volleyball) and Mike Butterworth (football), Edinboro's Trevor Harris (football) and Rachael Lanzel (cross country), IUP's Anthony Cellitti (football), Mansfield's Chris Cummings (cross country), Clarion's Kristi Fiorillo (volleyball), Kutztown's Kelley Healey (field hockey) and Millersville's Brandon Shelton (football).