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Masters clocks lifetime best at 5000 meters
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
Championships set for Friday-Saturday at SPIRE Institute
On the National Scene ... || 2013 Outdoor || Placed 23rd in the 5000 at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary, running 16:38.01. || 2012 Cross Country || Became one of just seven Nittany Lion women to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for four-straight years ... Finished 80th overall and 59th in team scoring at NCAAs - a lifetime best ... Earned her third-career All-Region certificate after finishing sixth overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished in 20:33 for 6K at the Regional - her fastest finish of the season. || 2012 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA First Round in the 5000. || 2011 Cross Country || Was the Lions' fourth finisher at the NCAA Championships, helping the team to a 13th-place finish ... Finished 123rd overall, and 93rd in the team standings ... Captured all-region status thanks to a 20th-place effort at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. || 2010 Cross Country || Ran as the Nittany Lions' top finisher at the NCAA Championships, placing 82nd in team scoring and 111th overall ... Finished 25th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, earning All-Region status. || 2010 Outdoor || Placed third in the 5,000-meters at the USATF Junior National Championships ... Was one of the top 48 ranked athletes in the 5K in the East Region. || 2009 Cross Country || Placed 200th overall and 163rd among team competitors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships ... Took 48th as the Nittany Lions' number seven runner at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2013 Outdoor || Finished fifth in the 5K in her final Big Ten appearance, going 16:17.50. || 2013 Indoor || Finished just outside of scoring in the 5000, turning in a ninth-place effort in 16:38.29. || 2012 Cross Country || Helped the Lions to a third-place finish in the team standings, taking 17th overall in 20:52. || 2012 Outdoor || Finished 11th in the 5000. || 2012 Indoor || Anchored the Lions' third-place DMR, which finished in 11:18.96, before coming back to finish fifth individually in the 5000 (16:48.46). || 2011 Cross Country || Took 25th overall as the Penn State number five with a seasonal-best 6K time of 20:58. || 2011 Outdoor || Finished 19th in the 5,000. || 2011 Indoor || Scored a fifth-place finish in the 5,000, going 16:36.10. || 2010 Cross Country || Led the Nittany Lions to a fourth-place finish in the team standings with a ninth-place effort ... Also earned second team all-conference recognition. || 2010 Outdoor || Placed 13th in the 5000 at the conference meet, finishing in 16:57.36. || 2010 Indoor || Turned in a 14th-place effort in the 3000, clocking 9:59.00. || 2009 Cross Country || A big factor in Penn State's Big Ten Championship effort, placing third for the team and 16th overall in 21:16 ... Was just the third freshman finisher in the Big Ten field.
On the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || A member of the Nittany Lion top five all season, beginning the year with a sixth-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, helping her squad to the team title ... Finished 26th at the Greater Louisville Classic, and 69th overall at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational. || 2011 Cross Country || Finished among the Lions' top seven in six competitions, including top five scoring efforts at the Big Ten, Mid-Atlantic Regional, and NCAA Championships ... Earned a top 50 finish at the Penn State National, placing 44th overall. || 2010 Cross Country || Was the top Penn State finisher in four of eight competitions on the season ... Top individual finish was third at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Placed 20th at the Penn State National as the Lions' top finisher, and 50th at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Top 6K time for the year was 20:38 at the Big Ten Championships. || 2009 Cross Country || Earned her first collegiate win at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational, finishing in the 5K course in 17:41 ... Placed 17th overall and fifth for Penn State at the Penn State National ... Turned in a 45th-place showing at the Notre Dame Invitational as the Lions' fifth runner.
Around the Track ... || 2013 Outdoor || Was a member of the Nittany Lions' fourth-place 4x1500-meter relay at Penn Relays ... Turned in a lifetime-outdoor best 16:11.93 to finish 15th in the 5K at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Finished third in the 1500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, running 4:28.15. || 2013 Indoor || Finished 12th in her heat of the 5K at the Washington Husky Classic, running a lifetime-best 16:07.52 ... Finished third in the 3K at the Penn State National, clocking 9:23.82. || 2012 Outdoor || Turned in a PR 16:14.98 to finish 14th in the 5K at the Stanford Invitational ... 5K time stands seventh in school history ... Won the 1500 at the Bucknell Team Challenge in 4:32.40. || 2012 Indoor || Ran 16:48.46 for the 5K at the Washington Husky Classic ... Clocked a PR 9:30.78 to finish fifth in the 3000 at the Penn State National ... Placed fourth in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge. || 2011 Outdoor || Highest individual finish was ninth in the 1500 at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Placed 11th in the 5K at the Stanford Invitational, and 16th at Penn Relays. || 2011 Indoor || Ran a PR of 16:25.97 for 5K at the Flotrack Husky Classic ... Placed sixth in the 3K (9:38.26) at the Penn State National ... Ran on the winning DMR at the Nittany Lion Challenge. || 2010 Outdoor || Turned in a pair of top 10 finishes in the 5000, placing ninth at the both the Sun Angel Classic and Penn Relays ... Ran a PR 16:39.25 at Penn. || 2010 Indoor || Placed ninth in the 3000 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup with a collegiate PR 9:54.42 ... Ran 17:08.74 for 5K at the Washington Husky Classic.
Before Penn State ... || High School || A two-time OHSAA Division I cross country champion and a two-time state runner-up in cross country ... Placed second in the 3200 meters at the Ohio state meet as a senior ... also ran on her school's state-qualifying 4x800-meter relay ... A three-time state runner-up in the 3200. || Personal || Daughter of Sheri and Jeff Ridder ... Born September 1, 1991 ... Majoring in Labor Studies and Employment Relations.
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