Wilson, Tropiano Earn Academic All-District Honors

Heather Wilson

AMHERST, MA – ESPN the Magazine announced its Academic All-District Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Team selections yesterday. A pair of Amherst College student-athletes earned the prestigious honor, with junior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) and senior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) each landing a spot on the District 1 Second Team for the college division.

The Academic All-District teams are comprised of student-athletes who excel in the classroom and also in athletics, thus honoring a group of some of the most well rounded students in the country.

Wilson adds yet another honor to her long list of accolades, as this year alone she was named the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Most Outstanding Performer and three times earned the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week distinction. For helping guide the Jeffs to the cross country program’s first ever national title by placing ninth at the NCAA Championship, Wilson garnered USTFCCCA All-America status.

Wilson’s success continued during the indoor track and field season, as she won the 3000-meter Run at the Division III New England Championship (9:59.52) and 5k at the Open New England Championship before placing eighth at nationals with a time of 17:33.43 in the 5k.

The outdoor season saw much of the same, with Wilson winning the 5k at the DIII NE Championship and the 10k at the Open NE Championship, capping off her career with a 14th place showing in the 10k at the NCAA Championship (36:55.79).

A two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection in both cross country and outdoor track and field, Wilson majored in history and finished with an A-minus grade point average.

Elise Tropiano

Tropiano has yet another year to go at Amherst but has thus far done a good job of following in Wilson’s footsteps. During this year’s cross country season, Tropiano earned NESCAC All-Academic and All-Conference First Team honors before placing 14th at nationals to join Wilson on the USTFCCCA All-America Team, capturing a NESCAC Performer of the Week nod along the way.

Tropiano’s indoor season was highlighted by a seventh place finish in the 5k at the NCAA Championship and she continued to cruise into the outdoor season. After winning the 5k at the Little III Championship, 10k at the NESCAC Championship and Steeplechase at the DIII NE Championship, she qualified for a pair of events at the national level. In a field of 18 runners for each event, Tropiano placed sixth in the Steeplechase and eighth in the 5k to pace Amherst during the weekend.

As a psychology major with an A-minus average, Tropiano earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition for the indoor track season to go along with her All-Conference honor. She and Wilson join Bates College’s Isabel Alexander (First Team) and Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Second), Williams’ Carrie Plitt (Second Team) and Colby’s Anna King (Second Team) as the lone NESCAC student-athletes to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field honors.