USTFCCCA Announces Division III Women’s XC Scholar Athlete of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

February 26, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Amherst College senior Elise Tropiano has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s NCAA Division III Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, the Association announced on Thursday.

The Plainview, New York native finished second overall at 2008 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships and also won both the New England Small College Athletic Conference and New England Regional titles prior to the championships. Tropiano maintains a 3.67 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in Psychology.

“The honor of being named the Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year is a true testament to Elise’s hard work and commitment in every facet of being a student-athlete here at Amherst College," said Amherst Head Coach Erik Nedeau.

The senior was named the 2008 USTFCCCA New England Region Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

Tropiano is joined by teammates Hallie Schwab and Zandra Walton on this year’s USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

"She has pushed herself to the limits in both the classroom and on the race course in an effort to the best that she can be, and this award is a fitting tribute to the benefits of her efforts. Whether it is staying up late to finish a paper, or getting an extra mile in when the weather is bad, she is always willing to do all that it takes, and it has been an honor to have had the chance to coach her,” added Nedeau.

A total of 221 Division III female student-athletes received the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honor, up 18 from last year’s total.  103 Division III institutions are represented on this year’s All-Academic team, led by Washington University (Missouri), which placed six student-athletes on the team.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference had the most conference student-athletes on the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list with 27, followed by the University Athletic Association with 21, and the Centennial Conference with 19 conference student-athletes on the list.

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically.  To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 25 percent of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

Brian Chenoweth of Wartburg College is the 2008 NCAA Division III USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The 2008 NCAA Division III USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team

NAME MAJOR INSTITUTION
Hallie Schwab Environmental Studies Amherst College
Elise Tropiano Psychology Amherst College
Zandra Walton Chemistry Amherst College
Ellen Adams Geography Augustana College (Illinois)
Kim Chinn Broadcasting Baldwin-Wallace College
Karin Coyne Pre-Physical Therapy Baldwin-Wallace College
D’Arcy Hlavin Pre-Physical Therapy Baldwin-Wallace College
Alexandria Alberto French Bates College
Chloe Bourne Environmental Studies Bates College
Alexandra Goldstein English Bates College
Heather Jelen Political Science Bethel University (Minnesota)
Kristin Mork Nursing Bethel University (Minnesota)
Alex Potter Nursing Bethel University (Minnesota)
Marie Lemay Biology Brandeis University
Alyssa Pisarik Undeclared Brandeis University
Katie Weng Biology/Psychology Bryn Mawr College
Kelly Edwards Biology/Pre-Med Calvin College
Nicole Farr Exercise Science Calvin College
Calah Schlabach English Calvin College
Mary Tolsma Exercise Science Calvin College
Karen Campbell Economics/Philosophy Carleton College
Simone Childs-Walker Undeclared Carleton College
Carolyn Clayton Art Carnegie Mellon University
Elizabeth Stern Music Carnegie Mellon University
Ashley Johnson Biology Carthage College
Andrea Fischione Bio/Pre-med Case Western Reserve University
Colleen Heffernan Bio/Pre Dental Case Western Reserve University
Britta Kumley Bio/Pre-med Case Western Reserve University
Elaine Simpson Bio/Pre Veterinarian Case Western Reserve University
Lauren VonEckartsberg Sociology Case Western Reserve University
Ashley Burger Education Centenary College (New Jersey)
Chelsea Gummerson Sports Administration Centenary College (New Jersey)
Lauren McCafferty Chemistry Centre College
Bekah Rehkamp Undeclared Centre College
Kathleen Harris Psychology & Politics/IR Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Julia Rigby Undeclared Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Ashley Schnell Violin Performance Coe College
Devan FitzPatrick N/A Colby College
Katrina Gravel N/A Colby College
Emma Linhard N/A Colby College
Jennifer MacDowell N/A Colby College
Nora McCall N/A Colby College
Kaycee Knutson Education College of St. Benedict
Katelyn Meger Nursing College of St. Scholastica
Kerry Dermody Undeclared Connecticut College
Caitrin Herdic Biology Connecticut College
Jill Sergi English Connecticut College
Rachelle Hawkins Exercise Science Cornell College
Katie Navarre Political Science Denison University
Melissa Buckley Economics DePauw University
Alison Case Biology DePauw University
Claire Hollis Spanish DePauw University
Ellen Mail Biology DePauw University
Leah Seigel Spanish DePauw University
Catherine Campbell Biology Dickinson College
Darcy McDonald Psychology Dickinson College
Michelle Crane Pre-Med Earlham College
Tiffany Kulp Bio-Chemistry Elizabethtown College
Megan VanDenHengel Elementary Education Elizabethtown College
Cathryn Lariviere Liberal Studies/Elementary Education Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Natalie Fenn Psychology Emory University
Rebecca Flink Chinese/East Asian Studies Emory University
Tess Gallegos Undeclared Emory University
Melissa Jones Business Emory University
Natalie Waryck History/Political Science Emory University
Elizabeth Patron Exercise/Sports Science Frostburg State University
Kerrin Epstein English/Political Science Gettysburg College
Sarah Fritz Bio-Chemistry/Molecular Biology Gettysburg College
Emily Pierce Sociology Grove City College
Julia Seward English Grove City College
Brooke Beskau Undeclared Gustavus Adolphus College
Meredith FitzPatrick Undeclared Hamilton College
Genevieve Flanders Bio-Chemistry Hamilton College
Katherine Hails Music Hamilton College
Emily Potter Undeclared Hamilton College
Margot Branigan Biology Hamline University
Lena Edelstein Chemistry Haverford College
Harper Hubbeling Biology Haverford College
Emily Lipman Undeclared Haverford College
Darian Lunne Biology Haverford College
Lolly Plummer Chemistry Hendrix College
Kelly Lufkin Kinesiology Hope College
Kate Nelson Undeclared Hope College
Karlyn Sikma Undeclared Hope College
Amy Burns Educational Studies Illinois Wesleyan University
Kerry Devitt English Illinois Wesleyan University
Emily Willenbring Spanish Illinois Wesleyan University
Elizabeth DeLong Journalism Ithaca College
Melanie McCormick Physical Therapy Ithaca College
Tricia Doherty Early Childhood Education John Carroll University
Emily Tillmaand Bio-Chemistry John Carroll University
Emma Hiza Public Health Johns Hopkins University
Rachel Hogen International Studies Johns Hopkins University
Mary O’Grady Biomedical Engineering Johns Hopkins University
Christina Valerio Biology Johns Hopkins University
Lauren Brady Biology Kenyon College
Jess Francois Religion Kenyon College
Morgan O’Connor Biology Kenyon College
Chrissy Ostrowski Mathematics Kenyon College
Frances Corcorran Sociology Linfield College
Mary Bridget Corken History Loras College
Tara Kilburg Pre-Pharmacy Loras College
Elise Bennett Elementary Education Luther College
Flannery Cerbin Environmental Studies Luther College
Ashley Meyer Biomedical Science Lynchburg College
Margaret Ho Undeclared Macalester College
Erin Lowrey Political Science Macalester College
Jennifer Doyle Mechanical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maria Monks Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacqui Wentz Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brooke Airey Nursing Messiah College
Jennifer Kooser Nutrition/Dietetics Messiah College
Erin Rhodes Nursing Messiah College
Peter Shenk Engineering Messiah College
Megan Dreabit Education Misericordia University
Ali Ostrum Education Misericordia University
Heather Stalter Middle Childhood Education Mount Union College
Kate Mahoney Biology Muhlenberg College
Bridget Baldwin Psychology Nebraska Wesleyan University
Jackie Spelts Health & Fitness Studies Nebraska Wesleyan University
Sarah Ahn English/Education North Central College
Megan Andracki Marketing North Central College
Amanda Laesch International Business North Central College
Kate Lueders Biology North Central College
Alicia Zimmerman Health/Physical Ed/Education North Central College
Joanna Johnson Biology/French Oberlin College
Nicky Ouellet English/Russian Oberlin College
Grace Peck History Occidental College
Regina Bresson Pharmacy Ohio Northern University
Rachel Smith Professional Writing Ohio Northern University
Claire Everhart International Studies/Spanish Ohio Wesleyan University
Leah Schmelzer Biology Ohio Wesleyan University
Danielle Vickers Nursing Otterbein College
Alicia Freese International Relations Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Maddy Kieselhorst Political Economy Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Linda Puntasecca Physical Therapy Ramapo College
Erin Kyle Materials Engineer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kathryn Markowitz Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Taylor Stephens Undeclared Rhodes College
Jessica Davey Elementary Education Ripon College
Amy Smith Pre-Pharmacy Shenandoah University
Christine Dzialo Engineering Smith College
Nora Youngs Mathematics Smith College
Tamra Warner Biology Southwestern University (Texas)
Lacey Cartier Recreation Springfield College
Amanda DiPaolo English Springfield College
Jenna Carlson Nursing St. Olaf College
Kelsey Conn Communications State University College at Brockport
Jennifer Fasciano Chemistry State University College at Brockport
Lauren Mesi Nursing State University College at Brockport
Melissa Wassink Athletic Training State University College at Brockport
Kaitlin Ramsbotham Education State University College at Cortland
Lisa Halloran Psychology State University of New York at Geneseo
Danielle Hunt English State University of New York at Geneseo
Laura Iafrati Pre-Med State University of New York at Geneseo
Mary McGrath Pre-Med State University of New York at Geneseo
Sara Amitrani Chemical Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology
Laura Gausmann Political Science Susquehanna University
Ashley Davies Economics Swarthmore College
Bess Ritter Political Science Swarthmore College
Emma Stanley Biology Swarthmore College
Rebecca Woo History Swarthmore College
Stephanie Herrick Communications The College of New Jersey
Martine McGrath History The College of New Jersey
Allie Lemire History Trinity College (Connecticut)
D’Ann Arthur Pre-Med Trinity University (Texas)
Stephanie McNamara Biology Tufts University
Lisa Picascia Biology Tufts University
Anya Price Undeclared Tufts University
Mikayla Murphy Molecular Biology University of California, Santa Cruz
Alison Klooster Undeclared University of Chicago
Angela Cuba History University of Dallas
Hayley Robb History University of the South
Hannah Humbach Microbiology University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Jenna Smith Marketing University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Kristina Bennwitz Bio-Chemistry University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Zoe Browne Art Education University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Katelynn Williams Economics/Finance University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Ayla Mitchell Education University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Jessica Scheer Physical Education University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Jessica Scott Biology University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Ann Tank Physical Education/Health Promotion University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Claire Roberts Biology University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Alexa Ahler Dietetics University of Wisconsin, Stout
Jackie Nett Human Resource Management University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Christa Johnson Philosophy/Psychology Ursinus College
Johanna Spangler Undeclared Vassar College
Anna Kraayenbrink Biology Wartburg College
Jennifer Kuiken Biology Wartburg College
Amanda Kuiken Biology Wartburg College
Lori Tlach Business Wartburg College
Emily VanOosbree English Wartburg College
Christine Balistreri Journalism Washington and Lee University
Jessica Shaw Journalism Washington and Lee University
Rebecca Taylor Economics Washington and Lee University
Katherine Telfeyan Geology Washington and Lee University
Elizabeth Webb Pre-Med Washington and Lee University
Angela Hartman Occupational Therapy Washington University (Missouri)
Erica Jackey Undeclared Washington University (Missouri)
Liz Phillips Biomedical Engineering Washington University (Missouri)
Molly Schlamb Mathematics Washington University (Missouri)
Molly Schlamb Secondary Education/Mathematics Washington University (Missouri)
Taryn Surtees Biology/Spanish Washington University (Missouri)
Anna Schindler Religion/Italian Studies Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Kerry Arouca Movement Science Westfield State College
Kristen Ballinger Undeclared Whitman College
Sara McCune Environmental Studies/Geology Whitman College
Michele Callaway Biology Whittier College
Darlene Partida Social Work Whittier College
Joanne Mayer Education/Mathematics Whitworth University
Dana Misterek Undeclared Whitworth University
Tonya Turner Health, Fitness, PE Whitworth University
Kathryn Williams Spanish Whitworth University
Maddie Coffman Biology Willamette University
Molly Lewis Spanish Willamette University
Tina Patel Chemistry Willamette University
Jessica Clark Political Science Williams College
Robin Kuntz Art History/Classics Williams College
Meghan Shea Economins/Math Williams College
Elly Teitsworth Anthropology/Mathematics Williams College
Darcy Dubuc Biology Wittenberg University