San Antonio - Trinity's Emily Daum has been elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
In her fourth season at the Tigers' helm, Coach Daum was selected for the high honors by conference head coaches. She became the fifth SCAC cross country coach to receive the men's and women's accolades the same year. Included on the list is former Trinity Head Coach Derick Lawrence, who earned the distinction in 2012 and 2013.
Coach Daum has now garnered Coach of the Year honors three times. The former Trinity All-American was elected SCAC Men's Coach of the Year in 2015, as the Tigers won the conference title with a perfect score of 15.
On October 28, Coach Daum led the two Trinity teams to the SCAC Championship, at the meet held in Seguin, Texas. The Tiger women won the crown for the first time since the team captured back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. Trinity's 21 points was the fifth-lowest score in conference history. The Tiger men posted a score of 24 points, the sixth-best in the SCAC record books. Trinity's men won the top slot for the second time in three years.
Laura Taylor and Molly McCullough went 1-2 for the Tiger women, who had eight runners finish in the top-14 for All-SCAC honors. Taylor was the first Trinity runner to win SCAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year since Maddie Murphy in 2013. First-year Jordan Juran finished ninth to earn the SCAC Women's Newcomer of the Year award.
Trinity's men placed seven runners in the top-10 standings, led by second-place finisher Michael Erickson. Erickson was just 1.24 seconds behind the winner from Colorado College. First-year Harry Bellow finished in sixth place, to earn SCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year honors.
The Tigers are currently ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Members of the Trinity teams will compete Saturday at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championships at Newport News, Virginia. Qualifying Regional competitors advance to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, to be held November 18 in Elsah, Illinois.