San Antonio - The Trinity cross country program has earned academic accolades from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The 2017 Tiger women's squad was tabbed as a USTFCCCA NCAA Division III All-Academic Team. To be considered, a team must have competed and scored at an NCAA Regional meet and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.10. Trinity's women posted a team GPA of 3.47.
Seven Trinity men's and women's individual competitors - five women and two men - were named to the All-Academic Team. Molly McCullough, Haley McFadden, Brianna Ratliff, Laura Taylor, and Melissa Whitman earned the distinction from the women's team. Harrison Bellow and Jacob Hammond were the Tiger men's honorees. The student-athletes must have had a minimum GPA of 3.30 and finished in the top-25% of their respective Regional meets.
Trinity's women's team placed 16th at the NCAA Championships. It marked the Tigers' first appearance since the 2013 season, when they finished in 20th place. McCullough became the third cross country All-American in Trinity history with a 38th-place finish. Taylor crossed the finish line at nationals in 57th place, and McFadden was #67. Ratliff and Whitman were fourth and sixth on the Tiger team.
The Tiger women earlier won the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship. McCullough and McFadden raced to school-record times and finished third and fourth, respectively. Taylor finished in sixth place, Ratliff was 42nd, and Whitman posted a #50 performance.
Trinity's men's team finished fifth at the Regional. Bellow came in at the #28 position, and Hammond was 42nd.
Head Coach Emily Daum was elected the South/Southeast Region Women's Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Coach Daum guided both teams to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships, and she was voted the SCAC Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.