Clarion U.’s Sather, Slippery Rock’s Ollio Earn PSAC Top 10 Honor

| April 20, 2019

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Clarion women’s diving student-athlete Christina Sather and Slippery Rock men’s indoor track & field student-athlete JJ Ollio have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s (PSAC) Winter Top 10 team.

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Initiated in the 1997-98 academic year, the PSAC Top 10 Awards are designed to recognize student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in athletic competition. The Top 10 Award is selected by the conference’s sports information directors and given to five males and five females in each athletic season: fall, winter and spring.

Sather is a senior Childhood Education major and has a cumulative GPA of 3.61. This is her first career PSAC Top 10 honor.

The senior diver became the first Clarion national champion in the 3M Dive since Kristin Day in 2015, posting an astronomical 515.60 on the fourth day of the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. She became the 48th Clarion diver to win a national championship under Coach Dave Hrovat.

Sather reached a career milestone when the Clarion senior diver was named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II Women’s Diver of the Year for the second time in as many years. A now eight-time All-American, Sather won her second career national championship when she placed first in the 3M Dive. She also placed third in the 1M Dive. At last year’s National Championship she placed third in the 3M Dive and was the National Champion in the 1M Dive.

Clarion is third in PSAC history with 58 all-time top 10 winners. Shippensburg University leads with 69 all-time winners with Slippery Rock (65) in second.

Ollio was All-Region (top-five mark in the region) in both the shot put and the weight throw and was All-PSAC in both throwing events with second place finishes in the shot put and weight throw to score 16 individual points for SRU at the PSAC indoor meet

He had the second-best shot put mark in the entire Atlantic Region (16.97 meters and added the second-best weight throw mark in the entire Atlantic Region (17.63 meters) while being one of only two throwers in the Atlantic Region to record an NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw.

Ollio was also one of only five throwers in the Atlantic Region to record an NCAA provisional mark in the shot put and was the only thrower in the entire Atlantic Region to record NCAA marks in both indoor throwing disciplines.

A Spring Top 10 honoree in 2018m Oillio has been All-PSAC in the shot put in all seven PSAC championship meets he has competed in during his career and has placed and scored points for SRU at PSAC championship meets in 14 different events over the course of his career.

An All-Region in each of the last five seasons (three indoor, two outdoor) in multiple throwing events, he is SRU record holder in the discus outdoor, a national qualifier in the discus and the shot put outdoor in 2018 and a four-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and USTFCCCA All-Academic Honoree. He graduated with a 3.71 GPA after 124 credit hours with a degree in health care administration and management with a concentration in information systems management while also achieving three minors with his undergraduate degree. He has a perfect 4.0 in the Health Information Management graduate program.

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