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Dan Mazzocco
Dan Mazzocco

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Baldwin


* Penn State's first All-American in over a decade with his 43rd place finish at NCAAs last year. * One of the top 30 American citizens in last year's NCAA championships. * Third at the 2005 Lock Haven Invitational. * Third at the 2005 Spike Shoe Invitational. * 15th at the Paul Short Run in 2005. * 15th at the 2005 Big Ten Championships. * Seventh at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. * 2004 NCAA qualifier after a fifth place finish at nationals * 2003 NCAA regional champion, Penn State's first since 1987. * Fourth place at 2003 Big Ten Championships, earning All-Big Ten honors.

2005: Dan has shown his cross country prowess since high school where he was a PIAA champion in his senior season as well as a 1,600 and 3,200-meter champion. In 2003, he was he was named the Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Athlete of the Year after claiming Penn State's first regional title since 1987 at the NCAA Region II Championships and earning first-Team All-Big Ten honors finishing fourth in the conference championship. He repeated his NCAA Championship qualification in 2004 with a fifth place regional finish. The multiple Big Ten Athlete of the Week selection has established himself as one of the top runners in the East.

Best Performances: 3:53.60 (1,500), 8:30.65 (3k), 9:05.81 (3200); 14:39.16 (5k)

Top Cross Country Times: 25:27 (5.2 mile); 24:20.07 (8k); 30.26 (10K)

2004: Big things will be expected from Mazzocco this year. As Penn State's top runner throughout the 2003 campaign, he was undefeated on the Blue/White Course winning both the Spiked Shoe and National Invitational meets. He was named the Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Athlete of the Year after claiming Penn State's first regional title since 1987 at the NCAA Region II Championships and earning first-Team All-Big Ten honors finishing fourth in the conference championship. He went on to finish 80th at the NCAA Championships capping an outstanding year that saw him receive two Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week awards. After a disappointing 2002 campaign, in which he was out for most of the season with a stress fracture, he more than made up for lost time last year.

Career Statistics

Best Performances: 3:53.60 (1,500), 8:30.65 (3k), 14:39.18 (5k)

Top Cross Country Times: 25:29 (5.2 mile); 24:20.07 (8k); 30.26 (10K)

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