Curran Places 140th at NCAA Championship for Camels

Curran Places 140th at NCAA Championship for Camels

WINNECONNE, Wis.--Connecticut College junior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. posted a time of 22:37 en route to her 140th place finish at the 2015 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh today.

Connecticut College Head Coach Ned Bishop reported frigid temperatures hovering around 30 degrees that made it a difficult day for many runners.

"Everyone is extremely proud of Ashley and all that she accomplished this year," Coach Bishop said. "She had an amazing season, earning All-NESCAC and All-Region honors.  It was a great year for our entire program."

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 November 14. She garnered All-New England honors for finishing in the top 35.

Curran posted a time of 22:16 to place 11th on the 6k course in the NESCAC Championship at Wesleyan University October 31 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. She set a new program record on a 6K course when she clocked a time of 21:41 at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Conn. October 17.  Curran placed fourth in the field to lead the Camels to a seventh place finish as a team with 220 points.

Curran enjoyed a breakout sophomore season with the Camel cross country and track and field teams last year.

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.

Last winter, 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 has been recognized as an All-New England Division III standout in five different events over the past two seasons of running track and field for the Camels.

She was also honored on the All-New England (D. 1, 2, 3) team with the Camel Distance Medley Relay team during the 2015 indoor season and was awarded as the track and field team's co-MVP at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

Curran holds the school record in the 3000 meter run indoors with a time of 10:02.32

Carrying a challenging major of neuroscience, Curran has been honored on the NESCAC All-Academic Team on three occasions. As a Dean's honors scholar, Curran has been recognized on the USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Team in 2014 and 2015 for cross country and received this national again this past spring with the track and field team.