November 17, 2007
Amber Hackenberg Earns All-American Honors in Cross Country
JOPLIN, MO--Bloomsburg University senior runner Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/Middleburg) became the first cross country All-American in women's history at the school after finishing 34th at the 2007 NCAA Division II national championships on Saturday. Hackenberg was named the All-American by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Huskies, as a team, finished 15th out of 24 teams, and were the first Bloomsburg cross country team to ever qualify for the NCAA championships.
Hackenberg, whose 48th place finish in 2005 was the best previous mark in school history, topped that with her 34th place finish in this year's event. She covered the 6k course in 21:45 and was the second finisher from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
“The journey to All-American has been a four-year work in progress for Amber,” said coach Karen Brandt. “When we were recruiting her she listed as one of her goals to be an All-American and now she has fulfilled that dream. I can't be any more proud of her than I am right now. This means a great deal to her.”
While Hackenberg turned in a 34th place finish, Andrea Kellock (Lansdale/North Penn) also turned in a great race with a 53rd place finish out of 189 competititors. Kellock, who did not even make last year's NCAA regional squad for Bloomsburg, was the fourth finisher from the PSAC with a time of 22:04. Angela Borealo (Easton/Easton) was 90th in 22:44 with Beth Schwing (Hershey/Lower Dauphin) 112th in 23:09. Also, Ashley Shuck (Milton/Milton) was 137th in 23:45, with Michelle Jansen (Warrington/Central Bucks South) 151st in 24:45 and Christa Johnson (Nescopeck/Berwick) 166th in 24:34.