2014 cross country/track & field teams were honored last week
Honored for earning 3.7 GPA or higher during 2012-13 academic year
Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Top distance athletes travel West for Mt. SAC Relays
Women's cross country garners highest GPA award; Casciano recognized for "True Grit"
2014 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award ... Penn State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient
On the National Scene ... || 2014 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 10,000-meter run ... Posted a final time of 36:30.37 in the 10,000-meter run to finish 39th || 2013 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 10,000 meters. || 2012 Cross Country || Competed in her third-straight NCAA Cross Country Meet, finishing 188th overall and 150th in team scoring ... Earned All-Region status via a 21st place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships ... Ran 21:17 for 6,000-meters on the Blue-White Course at the Regional. || 2012 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA First Round in the steeplechase. || 2011 Cross Country || Was the Lions' fifth runner at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing 177th overall and 141st in team scoring ... Clocked 21:38 over the 6,000-meter course ... Placed 32nd overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, just shy of all-region status. || 2011 Outdoor || Placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. || 2010 Cross Country || Was the seventh finisher on the Lions' NCAA-qualifying squad ... Placed 48th at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2014 Outdoor || Placed 12th in the 10,000-meter run with her time of 35:01.27 || 2014 Indoor || Ran a season-best time of 16:40.48 in the 5,000-meter run to place 16th || 2013 Outdoor || Turned in a fifth-place finish in the 10,000-meters, thanks to an impressive home-stretch kick ... Finished in 34:58.91 ... Also competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. || 2013 Indoor || Scored an eighth-place finish in the 5K via a PR 16:36.18. || 2012 Cross Country || Finished as the Nittany Lions' number six, in 32nd overall - helping the Nittany Lions to a third-place finish ... Ran a season-best 21:05 for 6K at the conference meet. || 2012 Outdoor || Competed in both the steeplechase and 5000 ... Top finish was 19th in the 5K. || 2012 Indoor || Clocked a PR of 9:50.11 in the 3000. || 2011 Cross Country || Earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors following a 14th-place finish ... Was the Lions' third runner on the day, helping the team to a third-place finish ... Finished the 6,000-meter course in 20:44. || 2011 Outdoor || Finished just shy of scoring at the conference meet, placing 10th in the steeplechase in a near-PR 10:41.32. On the Course ... || 2010 Cross Country || Ran in the Nittany Lion top seven throughout the season ... Highest finish was fourth at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals.
On the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || Highest individual finish was 13th at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Also finished in the Nittany Lion top seven at the Greater Louisville Classic and Adidas Wisconsin Invitational. || 2011 Cross Country || Took second place at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Finished 22nd at the Penn State National ... Also competed at the Roy Griak and Notre Dame Invitationals.
Around the Track ... || 2014 Outdoor || Tallied a lifetime-best time of 34:46.89 in the 10,000-meter run to finish eighth at the Penn Relays || 2014 Indoor || Opened the 2014 indoor season with an 11th-place finish in the mile run (5:00.79) at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Posted a season-best time of 5:00.18 in the mile run at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup || 2013 Outdoor || Clocked a PR 34:54.26 for 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational ... Now ranks 10th in Penn State history in the event ... Finished fifth in the steeple at the Bison Outdoor Classic ... Finished with a lifetime-best 9:38.36 in the 3K at Penn Relays. || 2013 Indoor || Won the 5K at the Penn State National (16:44.65) ... Placed third in Penn State first-ever 2K steeplechase at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup ... Placed sixth in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge, running 4:57.53. || 2012 Outdoor || Turned in a PR 10:28.82 in the steeplechase at Penn Relays ... Finished second in the steeple at the Jim Click Shootout, and third at the Bison Outdoor Classic. || 2012 Indoor || Ran a PR 17:16.80 in the 5K at the Flotrack Husky Classic at Washington ... Won the unseeded 3K at the Penn State National, finishing in 9:52.99 ... Placed 11th in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge. || 2011 Outdoor || Turned in a personal-best 10:40.77 to finish 13th in the steeplechase at Penn Relays ... Placed second in the steeple at both the George Mason Spring Classic and Jesse Owens Track Classic. || 2011 Indoor || Top indoor finish was fourth in the 5,000-meters at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, where she ran a PR 17:41.87 ... Finished ninth in the mile at the Akron Invitational was a collegiate personal-best 5:12.33 .
Before Penn State ... || High School || A four-time PIAA qualifier in outdoor track, and two-time entrant at the state cross country meet ... Four-time District 9 Champion in the 3200-meters ... Ran a personal-best 10:43.87 to win the AA 3200-meters at the PIAA Outdoor Championships as a senior ... Placed fourth in the 3,000-meters at the indoor state meet, running 10:11.71 ... Also won the 3K at the Kevin Dare High School Invitational at Penn State as a senior ... Placed sixth at the PIAA AA Cross Country Championships as a senior. || Personal || Daughter of Brad and Patty Giannotti ... Birthday is July 12, 1992 ... Studying Rehabilitation and Human Services.
Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field