Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's cross country teams was named as a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic Teams, while Bantam senior co-captain Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.) and sophomores Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.) each received USTFCCCA National All-Academic honors. Daley, fellow senior co-captain Hannah Ells (Amesbury, Mass.), juniors Sara Curtis (Milton, Mass.) and Molly Ryan (Stratham, N.H.), Feenstra, Harrison, and sophomore Rachel Scheub (Rochester, Mass.) were also named to the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall All-Academic Team, and Ells was additionally selected to represent Trinity women's cross country on the 2017 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team. The Bantams, coached by George (26th Season), finished the 10th in the NESCAC Championships and 11th in the NCAA Division III Regional Championships in 2017.
Overall, there were 388 teams that were named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA. For a team to be considered for the distinction, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet, and must also have a minimum team GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. The Trinity women's cross country team finished with a 3.47 g.p.a. In total, there were 668 athletes who earned All-Academic mention from the USTFCCCA in NCAA Division III. In order to be named USTFCCA All-Academic, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 percent at their respective regional. The NESCAC All-Academic team, named at the conclusion of the fall, winter and spring seasons, consists of all eligible student-athletes from each of the 11 conference institutions. To be eligible in 2017-18, student-athletes must have reached sophomore academic standing, and be in good standing in their sport with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale.
Daley, a four-year member of Trinity's top seven, finished third in the Trinity Invitational and fifth in both the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational and the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State this fall. She came in 58th in the NESCAC Championships and 48th in the NCAA Division III National Championships. Daley is a two-year member of the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team and a seven-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country and as a distance runner for the Bantam track squads. A graduate of Fenwick High School, Daley is majoring in English and education at Trinity. She is the daughter of William and Camela Daley.
Feenstra finished sixth in the Trinity Invitational and ninth in the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State this fall. She came in 44th in the NESCAC Championships and 58th in the NCAA Division III National Championships. A graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, she is the daughter of Kathy and Mark Feenstra.Harrison, a two-year starter in the Trinity top seven, finishing fifth in the Trinity Invitational and sixth in the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State this fall. She came in 34th in the NESCAC Championships and 40th in the NCAA Division III National Championships. A graduate Montclair High School, Harrison is a two-year member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team as an International Studies major at Trinity. She is the daughter of Carol and Ken Harrison.
Ells, a three-year member of Trinity's top seven, and finished a season-best seventh in the Trinity Invitational this fall, and was 76th in the NESCAC Championship Meet and 80th in the NCAA Division III Championship Meet. Ells is a seven-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country and as a distance runner for the Bantam track squads. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas, Ells is majoring in English at Trinity. She is the daughter of Kathy and Jon Ellis.
Curtis, a starter in Trinity's top seven this fall, is a four-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country, tennis, and track and field over her Bantam athletic career. An alum of Ursuline Academy Curtis is majoring in political science at Trinity. She is the daughter of David and Susann Curtis. Scheub is a graduate of Old Rochester High School, and is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity. She is the daughter of Michelle Baum and John Scheub.
USTFCCCA National All-Academic information