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Today in Penn State sports: June 8, 2017

Everything you missed in Penn State sports — that isn’t covered elsewhere in the CDT — from June 8, 2017:

Track & field

Tori Gerlach makes steeplechase final in NCAA track & field championships

Penn State redshirt senior Tori Gerlach made her first-ever NCAA steeplechase final after posting a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 50.54 seconds during the NCAA Track & Field Championships on Thursday.

Gerlach had previously qualified for NCAAs in the event in 2014 and 2015 but was out last outdoor season with an injury. Gerlach will look to earn her first first-team All-America honor — meaning a top-8 finish — in the last race of her career Saturday.

In the 10,000-meters, Jillian Hunsberger earned second-team All-America honors with a 10th-place finish with a personal-best time of 33:29.40. But the biggest surprise of the day might’ve been who didn’t crack the top 10.

Freshman sensation Danae Rivers — who set five school records this year — failed to make the NCAA final in the 800 meters following her record-breaking campaign in both indoor and outdoor seasons. Rivers finished fourth in her heat and 19th overall with a time of 2:07.14.

Juniors Hannah Mulhern (pole vault) and Obeng Marfo (shot put) each did not qualify for the final their respective events. Mulhern did not clear the starting height, and Marfo finished 19th overall.

The women’s championship will conclude, Saturday while the final day of men’s championship will take place Friday.

— Jack Miller

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3 named Academic All-Americans

Three Penn State student-athletes were named CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-Americans on Thursday — including wrestlers Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf, and women’s hockey’s Laura Bowman.

The three were picked by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Retherford was a first-team pick, while Nolf and Bowman were second-team selections. Penn State’s three selections are tied for fifth nationally among all Division I schools.

Men’s basketball

Lions to take on N.C. State

The Penn State men’s basketball learned its matchup for this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday.

The Nittany Lions will take on North Carolina State on the road. The date and time of the game has yet to be announced.

Penn State last played NC State in 2012, falling 72-55 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. The Nittany Lions have won their last three Big Ten/ACC Challenge games, beating Virginia Tech, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

NC State finished with a 15-17 record last season and hired Kevin Keatts in March. Keatts spent the previous three seasons at UNC Wilmington, leading the Seahawks to two NCAA tournaments.

Men’s lacrosse

Aponte Named USILA Scholar All-American

Penn State’s Nick Aponte was one of 55 players named to USILA’s Scholar All-America Team on Wednesday evening.

He is Penn State lacrosse’s 10th such All-American and fifth under head coach Jeff Tambroni.

Aponte was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Men’s volleyball

Mende invited to U.S. junior national camp

Penn State’s Cal Mende is among 20 men selected to try out for the U.S. Junior National Men’s Volleyball Team.

The training camp begins Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the team trimmed to 12 to play in the FIVB Men’s U-21 World Championship, which begins June 23 in the Czech Republic.

The 6-foot-11 right-side hitter, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season and is one of three opposites on the U.S. roster, earned AVCA second-team All-America status after posting 325 kills on .294 hitting with 81 blocks and 11 aces last season. The U.S. team is coached by George Mason’s Jay Hosack, a former Nittany Lion assistant coach.