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- UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Feb. 19, 2014- The Nittany Lion women's cross country squad has earned United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic standing for the 2013 cross country season. Garnering All-Academic status individually were junior Matt Fischer (Kennett Square, Pa.), seniors Emily Giannotti (Couders Port, Pa.) and Marta Klebe (Chesterbrook, Pa.), and juniors Leigha Anderson (Carlisle, Pa.) and Katie Rodden (Ardmore, Pa.)
Fischer had a stellar junior campaign, qualifying individually for the NCAA Championships via a 4th-place standing at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Fischer also put up a history setting performance at the Big Ten Championship, with his 3rd place effort being the highest finish by a Nittany Lion in men’s program history.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2013. To earn All-Academic Team status, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
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