NCAA DIII Women’s Champ Del Piccolo Claims Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honor

NCAA DIII Women’s Champ Del Piccolo Claims Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honor

NEW ORLEANS – Chiara Del Piccolo of Williams College was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011 cross country season on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Del Piccolo was also the NCAA Division III cross country champion for the 2011 fall season.

Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.

Cross Country Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Chiara Del Piccolo, Williams

Del Piccolo, a sophomore from Basalt, Colo., has accumulated a cumulative GPA of 3.56 through the fall semester.

Del Piccolo took the national crown in the fall with a clocking of 20:52.1, five seconds ahead of nearest challenger Christy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh. Del Piccolo was part of the led pack throughout the national-championship race, but only overtook the lead in the final 1,000 meters.

The last athlete from Williams to win a national women’s cross country title was Jessica Caley in 1995.

Part of a four-meet winning streak, Piccolo also took the win at the NCAA New England Regional and NESCAC Championships this fall.
Past Winners

2011: Chiara Del Piccolo, Williams
2010: Jennifer Gossels, Williams
2009: Marie Borner, Bethel (Minn.)
2008: Elise Tropiano, Amherst
2007: Sarah Zerzan, Willamette
2006: Sarah Zerzan, Willamette


183 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women who earned 2011 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 183 student-athletes represent the 96 institutions that compose the group. Washington (Mo.) was the only team in the nation to qualify seven for the award. Williams and Middlebury was next in the order with six honorees. The NESCAC claimed 18 of the awards as the leader among conferences, followed by the UAA (16), SCIAC (14) and the MIAC (14).

Nine of the top ten finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships earned the All-Academic honor.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.

USTFCCCA 2011 Division III Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

Megan McPherson Adrian College
Lauren Kettle Albion College
Amanda Weaver Albion College
Keri Lambert Amherst College
Sarahbeth Jones Augustana College (Illinois)
Sarah Rospert Baldwin-Wallace College
Alicia Fannon Bates College
Molly Smith Bridgewater College (Virginia)
Claudia Keep Bryn Mawr College
Toccoa Kahovec California Lutheran University
Kaitlin Diemer Calvin College
Alyssa Oram Calvin College
Alyssa Penning Calvin College
Simone Childs-Walker Carleton College
Taylor ffitch Carleton College
Rachael Klehm Carleton College
Alison Smyth Carleton College
Camelia Mayfield Catholic University of America
Melony McDermott Central College (Iowa)
Ashley El Rady Centre College
Paige Farris Centre College
Bekah Rehkamp Centre College
Karen Bumiller Christopher Newport University
Erin Rolaf Christopher Newport University
Jade Zaharoff Christopher Newport University
Allison Barnwell Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Breanna Deutsch Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Julia Rigby Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Laura Sauvage Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Jennifer Tave Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Keelie Finnel Coe College
Berol Dewdney Colby College
Eva Lauer Colby College
Manon Gammon-Deering College of St. Benedict
Colleen O’Neil College of Wooster
Devin Nadar Colorado College
Catherine Campbell Dickinson College
Taylor Ludman Dickinson College
Emily Miller Dickinson College
Sara Patterson Dickinson College
Eileen Cody Elizabethtown College
Megan Patton Elizabethtown College
Traci Tempone Elizabethtown College
Megan Tursi Elizabethtown College
Steph Crane Emory University
Mel Frank Emory University
Tess Gallegos Emory University
Sara Gelb Emory University
Tamara Surtees Emory University
Hillary Cain Franklin College
Kyler Philbin Gettysburg College
Ella Smith Grove City College
Brooke Beskau Gustavus Adolphus College
Kate Eggers Gustavus Adolphus College
Beth Hauer Gustavus Adolphus College
Katherine Klinges Gwynedd-Mercy College
Emily Lipman Haverford College
Alice Vienneau Haverford College
Camille Borst Hope College
Meredith Busman Hope College
Kelly Lufkin Hope College
Sheri McCormack Hope College
Kate Nelson Hope College
Elise Anderson Illinois Wesleyan University
Jenna Willett Kenyon College
Illana Livstrom Lewis & Clark College
Eleanor Evans Linfield College
Miriam Seeley Linfield College
Genna Kinley Loras College
Mary Rector Loras College
Emma Spoon Luther College
Christina Storlie Luther College
Reba Leonard Marietta College
Sophia Stone Mary Baldwin College
Martina de Geus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alaisha Guerra McMurry University
Morgan Youd Meredith College
Emily Attwood Middlebury College
Marguerite Cramer Middlebury College
Claire McIlvennie Middlebury College
Hannah Meier Middlebury College
Adelaide Tousley Middlebury College
Chelsea Ward-Waller Middlebury College
Marina Orrson Misericordia University
Catherine Rockwell Moravian College
Nicole Cronin Muhlenberg College
Malaina Huebert Nebraska Wesleyan University
Hannah Kinberg Nebraska Wesleyan University
Hayley Sutter Nebraska Wesleyan University
Ali Tewes Nebraska Wesleyan University
Maeve Evans New York University
Paige Zelinsky New York University
Kala Bingham North Central College
Krista Cota North Central College
Alicia Zimmerman North Central College
Margaret Lindman Oberlin College
Carey Lyons Oberlin College
Molly Martorella Oberlin College
Anna Dalton Occidental College
Eliza Dornbush Occidental College
Megan Lang Occidental College
Shayla Siefker Ohio Northern University
Alison Steinbrunner Ohio Northern University
Lydia Weaver Ohio Northern University
Cara DeAngelis Ohio Wesleyan University
Hannah Sampson Ohio Wesleyan University
Annie Lydens Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Casey Powell Principia College
Christine Koch Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Madeleine Harrigan Rhodes College
Rebecca Olivarez Rhodes College
Aubrey Schonhoff Rhodes College
Grace England Roanoke College
Sammar Abueldoleh Rowan University
Jena Peacock Rowan University
Amy Smith Shenandoah University
Jenna Hulton St. Lawrence University
McKayla Nuffer St. Lawrence University
Mackenzie Weber St. Norbert College
Rachel Dean St. Olaf College
Emma Lee St. Olaf College
Christine Muller St. Olaf College
Nichole Wischoff State University College at New Paltz
Alyson Dalton State University of New York at Cortland
Bori Tozser State University of New York at Cortland
Melissa Frick Swarthmore College
Katie Nestor The College of New Jersey
Jessica Pagano Trinity University (Texas)
Rosemary Steup Trinity University (Texas)
Lilly Fisher Tufts University
Anya Price Tufts University
Rachel Ohman University of Chicago
Michaela Whitelaw University of Chicago
Kathryn Flyte University of Puget Sound
Emily Canales University of Redlands
Molly Carl University of Southern Maine
Taylor Berg University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Larissa Peyton University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Erin Statz University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Ashlyn Mauer University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Lucy Ramquist University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Madison Sawyer University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Steph Sjostrom University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Rachel Schroeder University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Christy Cazzola University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Danielle Kunkel University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Katherine Rydeen University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Julia Colling University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Kelly Haen University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Alexa Ahler University of Wisconsin, Stout
Alyssa Duncan University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Elizabeth Forbes Vassar College
Kelly Holmes Vassar College
Emily Eimers Wartburg College
Alana Enabnit Wartburg College
Laura Sigmund Wartburg College
Kristen Galligan Washington and Jefferson College
Brandie Huffman Washington and Lee University
Lauren Schultz Washington and Lee University
Grace Bridwell Washington University (Missouri)
Lucy Cheadle Washington University (Missouri)
Sarah Fisher Washington University (Missouri)
Erica Jackey Washington University (Missouri)
Jessica Londeree Washington University (Missouri)
Liz Phillips Washington University (Missouri)
Molly Wawrzyniak Washington University (Missouri)
Randelle Boots Wellesley College
Mollee Husinga Whitman College
Michele Callaway Whittier College
Molly Litherland Whittier College
Christine Verduzco Whittier College
Joy Shufeldt Whitworth University
Theresa Edwards Willamette University
Kaitlin Greene Willamette University
Emily D’Addario William Smith College
Shayna Barbash Williams College
Celeste Berg Williams College
Chiara Del Piccolo Williams College
Olivia Delia Williams College
Lauren Goldstein-Kral Williams College
Alison Smith Williams College
Annie Cekada Wilmington College (Ohio)
Mary Pfeifer Wittenberg University