San Antonio - Trinity Head Coach Emily Daum has been elected the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Coach Daum guided the Tiger women to the South/Southeast Region Championship last week at Newport News, Virginia. Trinity scored 80 points to edge Emory (GA) University by three points in the 6k event.
The Regional title was the first for either the Trinity women's or men's teams since the Tiger women took the top position in 2013. It also marked the fifth women's championship in program history.
The victory qualified the Tiger women for Saturday's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at Elsah, Illinois. The last time Trinity qualified for nationals as a team was in 2013, also on the Newport News course. The Tiger women have now placed a team or individual at the NCAA Championships for 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Four Trinity runners earned All-Region accolades, led by Molly McCullough and Haley McFadden racing to the finish in school-record times. The duo finished third and fourth in the event, beating the school record set by Coach Daum at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Also earning All-Region honors were Laura Taylor in sixth place and Emma MacEachern in 28th.
Coach Daum led Trinity to the men's and women's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and was voted the SCAC Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. She led the Tiger men to their second title in the last three years, and the women won their first conference title since 2013.