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Baseball's Williams, track and field's Lehman are PSU Harrisburg Student-Athletes of Year

Posted 7/3/18

Penn State Harrisburg baseball standout sophomore outfielder Bret Williams and women’s track & field All-American Sarah Lehman are the school’s 2017-2018 Male and Female …

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Baseball's Williams, track and field's Lehman are PSU Harrisburg Student-Athletes of Year

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Penn State Harrisburg baseball standout sophomore outfielder Bret Williams and women’s track & field All-American Sarah Lehman are the school’s 2017-2018 Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

The Penn State Harrisburg Student-Athlete of the Year is awarded to the male and female student-athlete who has excelled above and beyond normal standards academically and athletically, according to the school. In addition, the recipients of this award demonstrated strong leadership abilities.

Williams was an essential part of the Lions’ record-setting 31-win season. Williams posted a .365 batting average and recorded 66 hits including 10 doubles, four triples, and a Capital Athletic Conference-leading 14 home runs. He had 57 RBIs, while scoring 53 runs. Williams also swiped 17 stolen bases.

One of Williams's best stretches came in the CAC playoffs. In three games against Southern Virginia and Christopher Newport, Williams went 6-for-13 with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs, eight runs scored and one stolen base. He was named CAC Player of the Week and helped the Lions advance to the CAC Championship game.

Williams, who is from Mount Carmel, earned first-team All-CAC honors and was named to the ABCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team and to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first team.

“Bret had a great year. He was a big part of our team’s success. We are looking forward to the next two years and seeing how he continues to develop and see if he can reach bigger goals,” said head baseball coach Ryan Bown.

Williams earned a grade-point average of 3.22.

Lehman had a tremendous freshman campaign for the Lions’ indoor and outdoor women’s track & field teams. During the indoor season, she set the CAC Conference record in the triple jump at 11.48 meters.

Lehman captured the CAC Indoor Championship in the event, and also took second in the long jump.

Lehman closed her indoor campaign by capturing the ECAC Championship in the triple jump.

Lehman, who is from Mechanicsburg, built upon that success in her outdoor season. She captured the CAC Outdoor Championship in the triple jump and was the runner-up in the long jump. Lehman also would capture the ECAC Championship in the triple jump.

Lehman’s marks in both the triple jump (12.18 meters) and long jump (5.72 meters) qualified her for the NCAA Championships. Lehman took fifth in the triple jump at 11.95 meters, earning her All-American status. At the NCAA Championships, Lehman was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.

“We are thrilled that Sarah’s efforts in the classroom and in the field of play have been recognized by the entire Penn State Harrisburg Athletic Department. Sarah’s focus and drive show the true definitions of excellence. We are so proud!” said head women’s track & field coach Danielle Lynch.

Lehman earned a GPA of 3.62, which earned her a spot on the CAC All-Academic Team.