NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. has been honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week.
Curran placed fourth out of 275 harriers at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational after clocking a time of 18:15.72 in the 5K race. She and the Camels went on to finish fifth out of 37 teams after posting 220 points.
Curran has qualified for the NCAA Championship on three separate occasions in her prolific running career. She earned invitations to the NCAA Cross Country Championship in each of the past two seasons and competed in the 5000 meter run at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Last fall, 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, earning her second straight invitation to nationals with her superlative performance 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 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 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.
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 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
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 first six seasons of eligibility. As a Dean's honors scholar, Curran has been recognized on the USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Team on five separate occasions between cross country in track & field. Juggling her busy schedule as a student-athlete, Curran manages to volunteer her time as an individual and group tutor for general and organic chemistry.