Freshman Jillian Hunsberger advances to the NCAA Cross Country Championships
Freshman Elizabeth Chikotas was just shy of Second Team All-Big Ten honors
Men tie for eighth, women place 10th at the Pre-National Invitational
Nittany Lion women finish fifth and men place 11th at Notre Dame Invitational
The Penn State cross country teams captured team titles Saturday at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational
On the National Stage ... || 2014 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she ran a lifetime-best time of 10:03.55 to finish seventh at the NCAA East Prelims ... At the NCAA Championships, Gerlach finished 24th with her time of 10:51.17 ... Her time of 10:03.55 ranks second all-time in school history || 2013 Cross Country || Posted a 29th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships ... Finished 204th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with her time of 22:07.0 || 2013 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 5,000 meters.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2014 Outdoor || Placed sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:20.55) ... Took 15th in the 5,000-meter run (16:51.55) || 2014 Indoor || Placed 14th in the 5,000-meter run with her season-best time of 16:39.29 ... Won the 3,000-meter run with her lifetime-best time of 9:10.76 ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Her time of 9:10.76 ranks second all-time in school history || 2013 Cross Country || Finished 74th || 2013 Outdoor || Competed in the 5,000 meters, placing 29th. || 2013 Indoor || Finished 15th overall in the 3K. || 2012 Cross Country || Made her first conference appearance, as a member of the Nittany Lions' third-place squad at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
On the Course ... || 2013 Cross Country || Began the 2013 season with a third-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Took 72nd at Lehigh's Paul Short Run ... Ran to a 169th-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational || 2012 Cross Country || Had a solid freshman campaign, running in the Nittany Lion top five at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational ... Finished in 20:52 for 6K at Wisconsin ... Was the Nittany Lions' seventh runner at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing 58th overall in 17:52 (5K) ... Also competed at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe.
Around the Track ... || 2014 Outdoor || Began the 2014 outdoor season with her season-best time of 16:48.12 in the 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational ... Claimed the runner-up spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays with her final time of 10:21.40 ... Ran a lifetime-best time of 4:29.97 in the 1,500-meter run at the Kehoe Twilight Meet || 2014 Indoor || Opened the 2014 indoor season with a lifetime-best time of 4:47.03 to win the mile run at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... A member of the first-place distance medley relay squad that posted an overall time of 11:32.11 at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... || 2013 Outdoor || Finished 16th in her section of the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational, clocking a lifetime-best 16:28.51 ... Finished sixth in the steeplechase at the Bison Outdoor Classic, posting a PR of 10:32.69 ... Ran 9:37.72 for the 3,000 at Penn Relays. || 2013 Indoor || Won the mile at the Penn State Relays ... Finished sixth in the 3K at the Penn State National (9:34.61) ... Ran a lifetime-best 9:31.91 in the 3,000 at the Washington Husky Classic.
Before Penn State ... || High School || A 2011 Foot Locker finalist in cross country ... 2012 PIAA State Champion in the 3200 ... Also placed sixth in the 1600 at the 2012 PIAA meet ... Ran an impressive 9:40.42 in the 3K at Penn Relays as a junior ... Came back to take runner-up honors at Penn as a senior ... Won District I titles in the 1600 and 3200 senior year ... A four-time state qualifier in cross country ... Was the District I cross country champion as a senior, finishing in 17:39 ... Ran the 5K at New Balance Indoor Nationals in 2012, running a PR 17:00.54 to take seventh overall ... Has already enjoyed some success on campus, winning the 3K at the 2012 Kevin Dare Invitational at Ashenfelter Track ... Boasted personal bests of 4:49.85 in the 1600, and 10:24.19 in the 3200 out of high school. || Personal || Daughter of Dana Menago ... Born June 6, 1992.
Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field
2012 Meet-by-Meet Results