Camels Honored for Academic Excellence by USTFCCCA

Camels Honored for Academic Excellence by USTFCCCA

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) has been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Track & Field Team.

To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and have met either of the following athletic standards: competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finish the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.

In May, Curran was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-District® 2 First Team in track & field/cross country.

Curran has qualified for the NCAA Championship on three separate occasions in her prolific running career. She earned invitations to the NCAA Cross Country Championship in each of the past two seasons and competed in the 5000 meter run at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Last fall, Curran posted a time of 21:51 to place seventh in the field of 390 harriers in the New England Division III Championship hosted by Connecticut College at Harkness Memorial State Park. She garnered All-New England honors for finishing in the top 35, earning her second straight invitation to nationals with her superlative performance and was recognized as the team's most valuable runner for the second year in a row.

Curran posted a time of 22:16 to place 11th on the 6k course in the NESCAC Championship at Wesleyan University October 31 to earn All-Conference accolades.

The Camels placed sixth in the 11 team field with a score of 177 points. It was the highest finish for a Camel women's cross country team since Connecticut College hosted the Championship at Harkness Memorial State Park in 2006.

The Camels, captained by Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.), Tori Kenyon (Plymouth, Mass.), Marina Stuart (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) were honored for their scholarship with the USTFCCCA Team Academic Award for posting a 3.42 grade point average.

A total of 175 teams earned this distinction as a result of posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or higher