San Antonio - Trinity cross country and track & field All-American Molly McCullough has been elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Woman of the Year.
"Molly's ability to combine All-American athletic accomplishments in multiple sports along with superior academic performance makes her an outstanding example of the caliber of student-athletes we have here at Trinity University," said Trinity Director of Athletics Bob King. "We are very proud of all of her achievements, and we look forward to her future success as a Trinity alum."
McCullough will now be nominated for the 29th annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The SCAC and NCAA Woman of the Year accolades honor graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership.
"I am incredibly honored to receive this prestigious award," said McCullough. "With two team conference championships, three individual conference championship wins and two All-American honors, my final cross country and track & field seasons have been the best of my collegiate career, and I am humbled to end four incredibly fun and challenging years with one more opportunity to represent Trinity at the national level, as a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award."
The Portland, Oregon, native earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity this past May in engineering science. McCullough qualified for Trinity's Dean's List for seven semesters and made the SCAC Academic Honor roll on eight occasions. She was presented the 2019 Trinity Engineering Science Department Senior Academic Excellence Award and the Professional Promise Award. McCullough received additional academic honors during her collegiate career, including induction into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Last November, McCullough captured the conference cross country championship and was tabbed as the SCAC Cross Country Runner of the Year. She also was the recipient of the SCAC Women's Cross Country Elite 19 award, presented to a student-athlete for academic and athletics success.
McCullough went on to finish second at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional and qualified individually for the NCAA Championship. Trinity history was made at the national event as McCullough placed 21st and became the University's first back-to-back cross country All-American. In 2017, McCullough earned All-America honors with a 38th-place finish at the NCAA meet.
At this spring's SCAC Track & Field Championships, McCullough captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the fourth year in a row and became the only person in SCAC history to "four-peat" the event. She also finished as the 5,000 meters champion and was later selected as the SCAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
McCullough traveled to Geneva, Ohio, for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and placed fourth in the steeplechase, picking up another All-America award.
"I couldn't be more proud of Molly and her accomplishments while at Trinity," said Head Cross Country Coach Emily Daum. "She has been a stellar role model for her teammates, not to mention one of the most coachable athletes I've had during my time here. Molly's passion and dedication led her to phenomenal feats in cross country and track, but witnessing her do all of that while also excelling in one of Trinity's most demanding majors was truly incredible. She has set the bar high and could not be more deserving of this award!"
On campus, McCullough was a member of the Society of Women's Engineers. She was a research assistant in astronomy, mathematics, engineering science, and biology. McCullough also served as a Trinity peer tutor and tour guide.
"This award presents a wonderful opportunity to reflect not only on the hard work and dedication it took to get to this point, but also on the people without whom I would have accomplished very little," concluded McCullough. "This award is a testament to my teammates and coaches, those incredible women who were with me every step of the way, both on and off the course."
McCullough became the seventh Trinity student-athlete to garner the SCAC Woman of the Year award. The most recent honoree was her track & field teammate, Britney Sullivan, who received the top award in 2018. Previous recipients were Brigette Lee (2016 - golf), Emily Jorgens (2015 - soccer), Abigail Loar (2012 - soccer), Hayley Emerick (2011 - diving), and Christyn Schumann (2006 - track & field).