Gettysburg College runner Kerrin Epstein '10 wins NCAA postgraduate scholarship

Senior cross country standout Kerrin Epstein (Moravia, N.Y./Moravia) has become the eighth student-athlete in school history to earn a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Epstein is one of just 29 female student-athletes who compete in fall sports across all three NCAA divisions to capture the award - a one-time grant of $7,500. She is the first Gettysburg cross country runner to receive the prestigious honor.

Gettysburg has now had a student-athlete win a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in each of the past four years, starting with John Fairhurst '07 of the men's lacrosse team in 2007. Seven of the school's eight winners have come since 2003.

Epstein has made her mark as one of the top distance runners in the region during her four years at Gettysburg. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships this past year and went on to finish 54th among 279 runners. She earned a spot at nationals by placing third among 311 harriers at the NCAA Division III Mideast regional, capturing all-region honors for the third year in a row and becoming the first Gettysburg women's cross country national qualifier in six years.

Epstein was also a four-time All-Centennial Conference performer, earning first-team honors in each of her last two years, highlighted by a fifth-place finish this season. At regionals, she ran a career-best time of 21:45 for the 6,000-meter women's racing distance.

Teamwise, Epstein and the Bullets enjoyed an outstanding season this year and placed fifth among 44 teams at the NCAA regional meet. Gettysburg also broke into the national rankings for a two-week stretch midway through the season, with a high ranking of No. 34.

Epstein has also excelled in the distance events for the track & field team and ranks among the school's all-time top-10 in numerous events. Indoors, she set the school record in the mile (5:13.70) earlier this month, and she is also fourth in the 3,000-meter run (10:38.58) and sixth in the 5,000 (18:33.58). Outdoors, she ranks sixth in school history in the 10,000 (39:12.46) and seventh in the 5,000 (18:33.39).

In the classroom, Epstein holds a 4.02 grade-point average as an English and political science double major. She is a member of both Pi Lambda Sigma (Pre-Law Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), as well as Phi Beta Kappa. Last spring, she became the first women's cross country/track & field academic All-American in school history when she earned third-team recognition. Epstein, who studied abroad in Denmark during the 2009 spring semester, has also been heavily involved in volunteer work, serving Habitat for Humanity, the Adams County Children's Advocacy Center, the Painted Turtle Garden, and Educate the Children, all within the past three years. She has applied for law school and is awaiting notification of acceptance.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2010

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