Women's cross country garners highest GPA award; Casciano recognized for "True Grit"
Nittany Lions post outstanding performances in Lewisburg
Track and Field posts lifetime bests across the board
Distance runners lead small contingent on West Coast
Will Barr resets own school record in weight throw
On the National Scene ... || 2013 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA First Round in the 5000, finishing 25th overall. || 2012 Cross Country || Placed 46th overall and sixth for Penn State at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished in 31:31 for 10K. || 2011 Cross Country || Placed 61st overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2013 Outdoor || Placed fifth in the conference 5K, finishing in 14:12.16. || 2013 Indoor || Just missed a scoring finish, placing 10th overall in the 5K in 14:16.43. || 2012 Cross Country || Finished 34th overall and second for PSU at the conference meet, running 24:35 for 8,000-meters. || 2012 Outdoor || Took 21st overall in the 5000. || 2012 Indoor || Finished 14th in the 3000 ... Placed 16th in the 5000 with an indoor PR of 14:27.23. || 2011 Cross Country || Placed 65th overall.
On the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || Highest individual finish was a runner-up effort at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Placed 37th as the Nittany Lions' number two at the Greater Louisville Classic. || 2011 Cross Country || Had a breakout redshirt freshman season, finishing in the Nittany Lion top seven in all appearances ... Placed 10th overall at the Penn State National ... Finished 30th at the Roy Griak Invitational as the Lions' number-two scorer ... Took runner-up honors at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals.
Around the Track ... || 2013 Outdoor || Placed 10th in his 5K section at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a lifetime-best 14:01.23 ... Was a member of the Lions' fifth-place 4xMile at Penn Relays ... Turned in a PR 3:49.36 for 1500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic. || 2013 Indoors || Placed fourth in the 3K at the Penn State National, going 8:10.02 ... Took 12th in his section of the 5K at the Washington Husky Classic, running a PR 14:09.87 ... Finished 11th in the 3K at the Alex Wilson Last Chance with a lifetime-best 8:08.35. || 2012 Outdoor || Clocked a personal-best 14:11.47 for the 5000 at the Stanford Invitational ... Aslos competed in the 5K at Penn Relays. || 2012 Indoor || Placed third in his section of the 3K at the UW Husky Classic, thanks to a PR 8:10.40 ... Placed second in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge, and seventh in the 3000 at the PSU National.
Before Penn State ... || High School || Capped his high-school career off in outstanding fashion, capturing a Pennsylvania state title in the 3200-meters, running a career-best 9:03.01 - the best time by any Pa. prep in 2010 ... Qualified for the Pa. State Meet in the 1600-meters as a junior ... A two-time state qualifier in cross country, helping his Unionville teammates to a sixth-place finish as a senior. || Personal || Son of Ingrid and Rick Fischer ... Born May 6, 1992 ... DUS Major.
Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field