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WOMEN'S COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD: SAYRE GRAD SKERPON EARNS ALL-ACADEMIC BIG TEN HONORS, DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD (2017-08-06)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State student-athletes have broken one school Academic All-Big Ten record in 2016-17 and tied the overall record high, set last year.

A school-record 145 Nittany Lion students, including Sayre grad Elyse Skerpon, from the spring / at-large sports boosted Penn State to 299 Academic All-Big Ten honorees in 2016-17, tying the mark set last year. The previous high among the spring / at-large sports was 140, also set in 2015-16.

Penn State is second among all Big Ten institutions with 5,875 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports. The women’s track and field team, which won the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championship, led the way for Penn State’s 14 teams in the spring / at-large period with 26 students on the list.

Skerpon, who will be a senior this fall, had a cumulative GPA of 3.89 for the 2017 academic school year and a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester.

She competes in the 400M hurdles and had a personal-best and season-best time of 1:01.53 during the 2017 outdoor season.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letter winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

In addition, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letter winners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only students with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.

Skerpon was one of 94 Penn State students to receive the Distinguished Scholar Award.

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IN PHOTO: Penn State’s Elyse Skerpon (23) in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays.