NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-District® 2 First Team in track & field/cross country for the second consecutive year.
Curran qualified for the NCAA Championship on four separate occasions in her prolific running career. She earned invitations to the NCAA Cross Country Championship in each of the past three seasons and competed in the 5000 meter run at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Curran posted a time of 21:41 to place 13th in the field at the New England Division III Championship hosted by Westfield State University in November, matching her own school record in the 6k distance. The senior from the Bay State garnered All-Conference accolades for the second straight year. She posted a time of 23:10 to finish eighth with a time of 23:17 at Colby College October 29. This spring, Curran wrapped up her career with a second place finish in her inaugural running of the 10,000 meters at the New England Division III Championship, leading the Camels to an eighth place finish and their best showing at this Championship since 1989.
In the fall of 2015, Curran posted a time of 21:51 to place seventh in the field of 390 harriers in the New England Division III Championship hosted by Connecticut College at Harkness Memorial State Park. She garnered All-New England honors for finishing in the top 35 and was recognized as the team's most valuable runner for the second year in a row.
Curran posted a time of 22:16 to place 11th on the 6k course in the NESCAC Championship at Wesleyan University October 31, 2015 to earn All-Conference accolades.
The Camels placed sixth in the 11 team field with a score of 177 points. It was the highest finish for a Camel women's cross country team since Connecticut College hosted the Championship at Harkness Memorial State Park in 2006.
Curran was honored as the NESCAC Performer of the Week October 19, 2015. She set a new program record on a 6K course when she clocked a time of 21:41 at the Connecticut College Invitational on October 17, 2015. Curran placed fourth in the field to lead the Camels to a seventh place finish as a team with 220 points.
In November of 2014, Curran made history as the first Camel women's cross country to qualify for the NCAA Championship since 2003. Curran placed 90th at the NCAA Championship that was hosted by Wilmington College in Delaware, Ohio.
Curran was honored on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association of America (USTFCCCA) All-Region Cross Country Team in November of 2014. She garnered All-New England Division III Honors and was named the team's most valuable cross country runner.
In the winter of 2015, Curran earned an invitation to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 5000 meter run. She won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III crown in the 3000 meters indoors. Curran was also honored as an All-ECAC performer in the 5,000 meters during the 2014 outdoor season.
Curran is a member of the Nu Rho Psi National Honors Society in Neuroscience. She has been honored on the NESCAC All-Academic Team in each of her nine seasons of eligibility. Curran has also managed to volunteer her time as an individual and group tutor for general and organic chemistry.
The 2017 CoSIDA Division III Cross Academic All-America Team for Cross Country/Track & Field will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.