Abington Heights graduate and Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Krista Matsko finished in seventh place in the 400-meter hurdles to earn All-American honors on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan May 24.
Matsko crossed the line in a time of 1:00.06 to become the first IUP women’s outdoor runner to earn All-American honors since the spring of 2010.
The Clarks Summit native advanced to the finals after coming in third in her heat, and seventh overall, in the May 22 prelims with a time of 1:00.55. She came into the national championships, the first of her career, as the 11th seed in the event with a time of 1:00.02. She won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title with that time, en route to being named the women’s Outstanding Track Athlete at the championship meet.
This was Matsko’s first career All-American honor as she ends her career as an all-region performer and a PSAC champion. She also ran the second leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that broke a school record at this year’s PSAC championships.