The beauty about BSD's Nittany Lion of the Week is that it exposes all of us to some lesser known, yet immensely talented Nittany Lions. It's easy to forget that football and basketball aren't the only sports on campus. So hopefully this week's NLOTW will serve as a reminder that Penn State has athletic talent all over campus.
This week's Nittany Lion of the Week is junior track and field star Caitlin Lane. Lane, from Greenwich, NY set a new school record in the 1,000-meter at the Nittany Lion Challenge this past Saturday. The Challenge was Caitlin's first meet of the season and she did not disappoint. Caitlin's time of 2:45:95 bested Nittany Lion sprinting standout Briene Simmons' time of 2:48:07 which has stood since 2007.
Lane is an NCAA Regional finisher and is continuing to improve her resume each season on the track. In high school Lane was a two time New York Class C cross country champion back in 2006 and 2007.
Overall Penn State's team success at the Nittany Lion Challenge can't be over looked. Penn State's track and field athletes set multiple personal and school records during the meet. Other teams participating in the meet were Cornell, Florida, Maryland, and Albany.
Ryan Foster (Track and Field) - The Tasmania, Australia (yes it is a real place) won the 1,000 meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge and now holds the 2nd and 6th best times in NCAA history.
Maggie Lucas (Women's Basketball) - The freshman dropped 20 points on Minnesota and chipped in with 3 rebounds and 3 assists in route to a 58-54 Penn State win. Lucas followed that performance up with a 22 point, a career high 8 rebounds, and 1 assist. Lucas broke Kelly Mazzante's freshman 3 point record. All of this damage has been done without starting one game for the Lady Lions. I have a feeling Lucas will win a couple of these NLOTWs in the near future.