Wagner earns PSAC honor
Shippensburg University women’s outdoor track & field redshirt-senior Abby Wagner, an Altoona graduate, was named Tuesday morning to the 2018-19 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Spring Top 10 squad.
Wagner, the 2018-19 SU Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year, earns her second PSAC Top 10 award of 2018-19 — having also received a Winter Top 10 award for her indoor track & field prowess. Her two honors make her the only PSAC athlete to earn multiple Top 10 awards in 2018-19.
In May, Wagner graduated summa cum laude with a 3.83 cumulative grade-point average as an Exercise Science major with a Power, Agility, & Group Exercise Certificate.
Wagner completed her track & field career as a four-time All-American in the triple jump (three-time All-American outdoors, one-time All-American indoors). She earned All-America Second Team honors in the triple jump with an 11th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on a top mark of 40 feet, 4 inches (12.29 meters).
The performance was her first competition in a month after an injury sidelined her for the end of the regular season and the conference championships. Her collegiate and lifetime best was achieved this season before the injury — 41 feet, 8¢ inches (12.71 meters) at Richmond’s Fred Hardy Invitational.
Wagner is one of just five spring award winners selected from a talented group of women’s nominees spanning several sports. She was honored alongside West Chester’s Sami Barnett (lacrosse), Kutztown’s Tamara Jennings (softball), West Chester’s Emily Maseth (softball) and Lock Haven’s Bekah Slattery (softball). The combined GPA of the women’s PSAC Spring Top 10 award winners is 3.86.
Shippensburg has totaled 71 all-time PSAC Top 10 awards, which remains the most of any conference school. SU has also had at least one PSAC Top 10 award winner in 11 consecutive award seasons dating back to Fall 2015, which is the longest active streak in the conference.
To be a candidate for the PSAC Top 10 Awards, a student-athlete must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher and be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. A total of five men and five women are selected as award winners after each of the three competitive seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring).
Tuesday’s PSAC Spring Top 10 award is the latest academic honor for Wagner, who in May was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team for the second consecutive year. The 2018-19 Academic All-Americans for women’s track & field/cross country, for which Wagner is eligible as an All-District award winner, will be announced this afternoon.
Morgan makes third team
HAVERFORD — Haverford men’s cross country and track & field senior Greg Morgan has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud All-America Division III third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon. Morgan’s selection represents the second straight season that Haverford cross country/track & field has had an Academic All-America honoree. Last season, Dylan Gearinger and Henry Woods ’18 were both honored with the plaudit.
PSU women’s hockey set
UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s hockey team and coach Jeff Kampersal have officially announced their regular season schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season. The schedule features 16 home games at Pegula Ice Arena, several marquee road matchups including a Thanksgiving weekend tournament, and its 20-game conference slate within College Hockey America.
In addition, the Nittany Lions will host an exhibition game against the Durham West Jr. Lightning of the PWHL Sept. 21 at Pegula Ice Arena.
“We are busy preparing for the 2019-20 season,” Kampersal said. “For nonconference games, we are looking forward to continuing some series from last year and excited to face off against some new opponents, including a trip to Wisconsin and the Windjammer Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by the University of Vermont. The nonconference competition will help ready us for our well-coached CHA opponents.”
The Nittany Lions have pieced together an impressive nonconference schedule that features new matchups for the program, including defending national champion and traditional Big Ten opponent Wisconsin as an early season test. Penn State begins its season against second-year Division I opponent Holy Cross Sept. 27-28.
Penn State faces Wisconsin on the road the following weekend (Oct. 4-5) before hosting RPI in its home-opening series Oct. 11-12. The Nittany Lions play two more nonconference series to close out October at Providence Oct. 18-19 and at home against Boston University Oct. 25-26.
The CHA conference schedule starts with a road set at Robert Morris Nov. 1-2. After a pair of bye weeks, the Nittany Lions will host defending CHA Tournament champion Syracuse Nov. 23-24 at Pegula.
Penn State will travel to Vermont for Thanksgiving weekend to play in the four-team Windjammer Thanksgiving Classic featuring the host Catamounts, Clarkson, and Minnesota State Mankato Nov. 29-30.