Middlebury College women's track & field and cross country runner Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.) has been named a Capital One Academic All-District I First-Team Women's Track & Field/Cross Country team honoree by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior graduated last weekend with a degree in biochemistry and a 3.79 grade point average and she is now eligible for the Academic All-America team which will be released in June.
On the cross country courses, Maxwell accomplished many accolades this season. She was selected as a first-team All-NESCAC and the NESCAC's Women's Most Outstanding Performer after winning the conference's individual championship on November 1 as the Panthers played host to the meet. Maxwell became the first Panther woman to lead the field to the finish line since Jessica Johnston did it in 1999 and 2000. She also claimed All-Region and All-American accolades as a senior for her runner-up and 33rd-place finishes in those respective competitions.
As a junior, she was awarded first-team All-NESCAC laurels as well as being an All-Region honoree and finished 36th in the NCAA Championship. In her sophomore season, she garnered all-region accolades.
On the track, Maxwell has shined for the Panthers, winning the 2015 NCAA Division III championship in the indoor mile. She also claimed a pair of All-American finishes indoors as a member of the 2014 and 2015 Distance Medley Relay quartets. Maxwell has received All Open New England honors in the DMR her junior year as well as All Division III New England laurels in the mile. In her first two winters as a Panther, Maxwell collected All Division III New England praises as a part of the 4x800-meter relay.
Outdoors, Maxwell has been named All-NESCAC in each of her final three seasons as well as being a two-time All-Open New England and an All-New England honoree. After claiming the NESCAC crown on April 25 in the 5,000-meter run, she picked up another All-American accolade last week at the NCAA Championship as she crossed the line eighth.
For her work in the classroom, Maxwell was named a United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Scholar Athlete. She is also a nine-time NESCAC All-Academic selection via three nods each for cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes across the NCAA. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale, and be in their second year academically at their current institution.