Elise Tropiano Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College senior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) has been named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women's Track and Cross Country First Team, which was announced yesterday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

To be nominated for an Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 with significant athletic credentials. Tropiano and the other First Team selections across eight districts are now eligible for the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced Friday, June 19. 

This is the second ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honor for Tropiano, who earned a spot on the Second Team as a junior. She is one of only 10 student-athletes named to the First Team in District 1, joining Isabel Alexander of Bates as the only NESCAC women to earn the honor. 

Although her senior year was cut short due to an injury that prevented her from competing at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Tropiano put together an impeccable résumé with her accomplishments from the cross country and indoor track seasons. A two-time All-NESCAC First Team selection, she was named the conference's Most Outstanding Performer for taking home the individual title at the 2008 championships. 

Tropiano continued to rack up cross country awards when she was named the 2008 USTFCCCA Division III New England Women's Athlete of the Year. She followed with a second-place showing at the NCAA Championships, which resulted in her second cross country All-America honor. In February, Tropiano was named the USTFCCCA Women's NCAA Division III Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

The domination continued during the indoor track season when Tropiano led Amherst by winning a national championship in the 5,000-meter run to mark her third All-America performance in the event. She had placed seventh in the 5k at nationals as a sophomore and junior, but this year took home the title as the lone runner to finish under the 17-minute mark (16:58.84).

Other highlights of Tropiano's outstanding career include leading Amherst to the 2007 cross country national title and earning a pair of All-America honors during the outdoor season for her performances in the steeplechase. A psychology major with a GPA above 3.60, Tropiano captained the Jeffs' cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams this year. She is also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and has been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award.