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Angela Reckart enters her third season as the assistant coach for the Nittany Lion cross country/track & field program following coaching at North Carolina for three years. Reckart assists with the cross country and distance event areas.
Year two in Happy Valley saw Reckart help lead the Nittany Lion women to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, MN. The second-place finish by the women's team included three All-Big Ten honorees in Tessa Barrett (First-Team), Jillian Hunsberger (First-Team) and Elizabeth Chikotas (Second-Team). The women's team would go on to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Title for a second-straight season that saw six Penn State student-athletes earn Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors (Tessa Barrett, Elizabeth Chikotas, Jillian Hunsberger, Kathryn Munks, Greta Lindsley and Tim McGowan. The women's team went on to finish 18th as a team in the NCAA Championships led by two Nittany Lions who teamed up to provide a program first with Penn State fielding two All-Americans at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in the NCAA era.
On the track, Reckart coached Tessa Barrett to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships posting the second-fastest time in the NCAA in the 5,000-meters with her time of 15:28.99 that was one-tenth of a second off the national leader. The second-place finish by Barrett helped the women's team captured the Big Ten indoor title, the fourth Big Ten Indoor Championship in program history. Barrett would go on to earn All-American honors in the 5K finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships followed by a second-team All-American finish in the 3K the following day. During the indoor season, Barrett set school records in both the 3K and 5K.
Reckart was also key in helping Tim McGowan secure a bronze medal at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 5K as the men's team posted their highest finish at a Big Ten Championship in program history scoring 84 points to finish second.
The 2017 outdoor season featured multiple successes in the distance events as Tessa Barrett and Jillian Hunsberger set the No. 5 and No. 6 times in program history in the 5K, Hunsberger and Kathryn Munks set the No.2 and No. 7 times in program history in the 10K and Tori Gerlach and Greta Lindsley set the No. 2 and No. 8 times in program history in the 3K steeplechase. The men's team captured its first Big Ten Championship in program history scoring 117-points while the women took home a third-place finish.
Gerlach finished third at the NCAA championships in the 3K steeplechase followed by a 15th-place finish at the USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Jillian Hunsberger posted a second-team All-American finish at the NCAA Championships in the 10K with a 10th-place finish.
During her first year in Happy Valley Reckart was instrumental in the run to the 2015 Big Ten Championship by the Penn State women’s team In Chicago, Ill.
Reckart joins the Nittany Lions following a three-year stint as the assistant cross country/distance coach at North Carolina. The Tar Heel cross country program is coming off a historic season as both teams tallied top-25 NCAA finishes for the first time in school history.
The Tar Heel men's cross country program advanced to back-to-back appearances at the NCAA cross country championships for the first time in almost 40 years. At the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the men finished 12th, their highest finish since 1985 and the women placed 22nd. The men also posted a 17th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On the track for the Tar Heels, Reckart coached both indoor 3,000-meter run champions at the 2014 ACC Track & Field Championships (Annie LeHardy and Isaac Presson), she also coached 11 NCAA indoor championship qualifiers and 17 NCAA first round qualifiers during the last two years.
Reckart graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. During her time at TCNJ she was a member of the track & field team and posted All-America honors seven times. She was a member of a 4x400-meter relay that won two national titles. Following her track career, she started coaching at TCNJ by helping with the middle distance program.
Prior to North Carolina, she served as a graduate assistant and volunteer coach at North Florida.