Women's Track & Field

Maxwell Selected First-Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA for Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country

Maxwell Selected First-Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA for Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country

CoSIDA Academic All-American Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

Middlebury College women's track & field and cross country runner Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.) continues to accumulate accolades for her work in and out of the classroom during her time at Middlebury. On Tuesday, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-American first team for Women's Track & Field/Cross Country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Maxwell graduated in May with a degree in biochemistry and a 3.80 grade point average.

She is the seventh student-athlete in school history and the third honoree this year to achieve the accolade. Maxwell joins Emily Fluke (women's hockey in 2015), Dan Pierce (football in 2014), William Sadik-Khan (football in 2013), Andrew Harris (men's basketball in 2008), John Humphrey (men's basketball in 1988) and Paul Righi (men's basketball in 1982).

An NCAA Woman of the Year nominee by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Maxwell collected many awards on the cross country courses 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. 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.