Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Nittany Lion men's and women's teams both in top 25
Top distance athletes travel West for Mt. SAC Relays
Women's cross country garners highest GPA award; Casciano recognized for "True Grit"
Nittany Lions post outstanding performances in Lewisburg
On the National Scene ... || 2013 Outdoors || Earned Second-Team All-America status, finishing 15th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Ran 10:17.76 in the semi-final round ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships, thanks to a PR 10:07.86 at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round. || 2012 Cross Country || Qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the fourth-straight year, becoming one of just seven Nittany Lion women in program history to qualify for the NCAAs on four occasions ... Placed 156th overall at NCAAs and 121st in the team standings as the Nittany Lions' number four ... Was a member of the Nittany Lions' winning squad at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, taking 30th overall. || 2012 Outdoor || Competed at the NCAA First Round for the third-straight year, finishing 32nd overall in the steeplechase. || 2011 Cross Country || Finished as the third runner on the Nittany Lions' 13th-place squad at the NCAA Cross Country Championships ... Placed 112th overall and 85th in team scoring at NCAAs, finishing in 21:08 ... Earned All-Region status for the second-straight year, placing 22nd at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. || 2011 Outdoor || Narrowly missed a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meters steeplechase, placing 14th at the NCAA First Round in 10:18.99. || 2010 Cross Country || Ran as Penn State's fourth finisher on the 26th-place squad at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 158th overall and 124th in team scoring ... Earned All-Region status thanks to a 21st-place effort at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. || 2010 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA First Round in the steeplechase, placing 22nd overall in 10:45.97. || 2009 Cross Country || Was a member of the Lions' 14th-place team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 206th overall and 168th among team scorers ... Placed 33rd overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional as Penn State's sixth finisher.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2013 Outdoor || Earned a spot on the medal stand with a third-place finish in the steeplechase ... Also placed ninth overall in the 5,000. || 2013 Indoor || Scored a fourth-place finish in the 5K, going 16:19.58. || 2012 Cross Country || Crossed the finish line in 27th overall as the Nittany Lions' fourth runner, helping her team at the third-place finish in the team standings. || 2012 Outdoor || Posted a pair of scoring performances, taking sixth in the steeplechase and eighth in the 5000. || 2012 Indoor || Competed in the 5000. || 2011 Cross Country || Finished 24th overall at the Big Ten Championships, helping the NIttany Lions to a third-place finish. || 2011 Outdoor || Took fifth in the steeplechase in 10:25.02 ... Came back to finish 14th in the 5,000 with a personal-outdoor best 16:54.34. || 2011 Indoor || Anchored the sixth-place DMR at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Squad clocked a season-best 11:37.49 ... Also placed 10th in the 5,000-meters at the conference meet, finishing in 16:48.11. || 2010 Cross Country || Placed 14th overall, and second for Penn State, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors ... Finished in 20:48 - her fastest 6K finish of the season. || 2010 Outdoor || Clocked a PR 10:37.66 in the steeplechase, placing just outside of a scoring finish in ninth overall. || 2010 Indoor || Placed 18th in the mile run, finishing in 5:03.84. || 2009 Cross Country || A member of the women's Big Ten Championship squad, placing 39th overall and sixth for the team in 21:48.
On the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || Placed third overall at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe, helping lead the Lions to a team title ... Also scored a top 50 finish at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing 47th overall as the Nittany Lion number four. || 2011 Cross Country || Was a member of the Lions' top five all season ... Top finish was third at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Placed 12th overall at the Penn State National ... Top 6K tim was 20:56 at the Big Ten Championships. || 2010 Cross Country || Finished in the Penn State top seven in all eight competitions ... Placed 34th overall and first for Penn State at the Roy Griak Invitational ... Took 10th overall at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, and 27th at the Penn State National. || 2009 Cross Country || Top individual finish was a sixth-place effort at the Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Placed 27th overall and seventh for the team at the Penn State National ... Earned 15th-place overall at the Cappy Anderson Invitational.
Around the Track ... || 2013 Outdoor || Won the steeplechase at Penn Relays with a finishing time of 10:13.58 ... Took top honors in the steeple at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell ... Ran a PR 16:12.88 for 5K at the Stanford Invitational. || 2013 Indoor || Won the Nittany Lions' inaugural 2K steeple at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup, finishing in 6:29.38 - a Penn State record ... Placed fifth in the 3K at the Penn State National with a PR 9:28.29 ... Finished third in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge in 4:50.96 ... Clocked a lifetime indoor best 16:17.81 for the 5K at the Washington Husky Classic, finishing fourth in her section. || 2012 Outdoor || Ran a personal-best 10:14.27 in the steeplechase at Penn Relays ... Time ranks third in school history ... Won the steeple at the Bison Outdoor Classic ... Earned a top 10 finish in the 1500 at the Jim Click Shootout, placing eighth overall with a PR 4:49.32. || 2012 Indoor || Ran a personal-best 16:39.95 in the 5K at the Flotrack Husky Classic at Washington ... Turned in a career-best 9:34.80 to place ninth in the 3000 at the PSU National ... Placed second in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge in 4:49.32. || 2011 Outdoor || Finished fourth in the steeplechase at Penn Relays in a personal-best 10:18.48 ... Won the steeple at the Jesse Owens Classic in 10:22.42 ... Placed third in her section of the steeplechase at Stanford Invitational in 10:21.87 ... Ran a personal-best 4:30.58 for 1500 at the George Mason Spring Classic. || 2011 Indoor || Ran a season-best 4:55.29 for the mile run at the Flotrack Husky Classic ... Ran on winning DMRs at the Nittany Lion Challenge and Sykes-Sabock Challege Cup. || 2010 Outdoor || Clocked a career-best 4:35.16 to finish 14th in the 1500-meters at Florida Relays ... Took 12th in the 1500 at the Sun Angel Classic ... Show a lot of promise in the steeplechase, finishing second at the Bucknell Team Challenge, and seventh at the Jesse Owens Classic (10:46.45). || 2010 Indoor || Posted a personal-best 4:50.33 to place second in the mile at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ... Ran 4:54.25 to place 27th in the mile at the Washington Husky Classic ... Placed third in the mile at the PSU Northeast Challenge.
Before Penn State ... || High School || Won a Pennsylvania state title in the 1600-meters as a senior, finishing in 4:52.65 ... District VII Champion in the 3200 meters and 4x800-meter relay as a senior ... Placed ninth at the PIAA Cross Country Championships during her senior year, helping her team to a second-place finish ... Led her team to a District VII championships as senior, taking gold-medal honors individually ... Participated in the state cross country and track and field meets during all four years of high school. || Personal || Daughter of Ron and Bonnie Bower ... Born October 9, 1990 ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field