Trinity Women's Track And Field Collects Awards For Academics, Community Service, And Sportsmanship

Trinity Women's Track And Field Collects Awards For Academics, Community Service, And Sportsmanship

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity women's track and field co-captain Katie Tonyai (Jaffrey, N.H.) was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Athlete Second Team by the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, and as the College's 2017 senior female scholar athlete of the year (Susan E. Martin Award), while fellow senior co-captain Sophie Long (Darien, Conn.) was honored by the College as a Robert R. Bartlett Award recipient for combined excellence in athletics and campus/community service.  Tonyai, sophomore Anna Barnes (Storrs, Conn.) and first-year Katie Lazur (East Hanover, N.J.) were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic Team, Tonyai and Long also joined fellow senior Kalin McGowan (Lyme, N.H.), and juniors Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.), Hannah Ells (Amesbury, Mass.), and Molly Ryan (Stratham, N.H.), and sophomore Abigail Allardi (Reading, Mass.) on the 2016-17 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter and Spring All-Academic Teams.  Tonyai additionally represented Trinity women's outdoor track and field on 2017 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the second season in a row, and the Bantam women's track and field squad earned a USTFCCCA National Academic Team award.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. The award was inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education and excellence on the tennis court. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be eligible, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and be at least a sophomore academically.  To receive NESCAC All-Academic recognition, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

Tonyai recently graduated in May after a decorated career at Trinity both in athletics and in academia.  She was third in 100-meter dash in both the 2015 and 2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Meets, and earned All-NESCAC recognition for the third time this spring.  In addition to her All-NESCAC relay performance at Bowdoin, Tonyai placed fifth in the 100-meter race and eighth in the 200-meter race to score in both events for the third year in a row, and she added Trinity's top time in the outdoor 400 meters this spring.  One week after the NESCAC Championships, she was part of Trinity's 4x100-relay team, which collected All-New England Division III recognition with a fifth-place time of 48.56, and then went on to earn All-New England Open recognition the following weekend. She led the group to shatter its own 4x100 record, running a NESCAC-best 47.92 at the final meet before Nationals this spring. She owns the College indoor records in the 55-meter dash (7.55), the 60-meter dash (8.03), the 200-meter dash (26.06) and the 4x400-meter relay (4:00.99).  Tonyai was also a 2015 All-New England honoree in both the 100 meters and in the indoor 4x400-meter relay. Tonyai is a seven-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, and was honored as the College's top female junior scholar athlete (Board of Fellows Award) in 2016.  A graduate of Conant High School, Tonyai majored in biology at Trinity where she maintained a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.846 and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Long competed in the distance events and the steeplechase for the Trinity track squads, and recorded the top Bantam time of the spring at 11:47.04 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  She also served as the Trinity cross country captain, received a Blanket Award from the College as a nine-time letterwinner, and is an eight-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country and track and field.  An alum of Darien High School, Long graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in mathematics.  She is the daughter of Ella and Jeff Long.  

Barnes, starred in the middle distance events for the Trinity track squads, earning All-New England Division III honors with a fourth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:06.52 and All-New England Open honors with a sixth-place performance in the 800-meter run during the indoor season and adding a seventh-place time of 4:37.33 to collect All-New England Division III outdoor honors in the 1,500-meter run.  She posted Trinity's top times in the 800 meters, the 1,000 meters, and the mile in indoor track, winning the 800-meter run at the Wesleyan Invitational, the 1,000-meter run at Springfield's Massassoit Invitational, and the mile run at the Smith Invitational.  In the spring, Barnes took first place in the 800 meters at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational and the 1,500 meters at both the Silfen Invitational and the Trinity Invitational while posting Trinity's top time of the spring in each of those events.  She was an also an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Conference honoree in the indoor 4x800-meter indoor relay and the outdoor 800-meter run and an indoor All-New England Division III performer in the 4x800-meter relay and the 800 meters.  Barnes is a Trinity cross country starter and earned NESCAC All-Academic honors with that team in the fall of 2016.  She is a graduate of Edwin O. Smith High School and the daughter of Patricia and Morgan Barnes.  

Lazur was a rookie sprinter for the Bantams and registered the team's top time of 1:01.37 in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season.  She was also a member of Trinity's 4x100-meter relay foursome that earned All-NESCAC (2nd at 48.60), All-New England Division III (5th at 48.56), and All-New England Open (8th at 48.67) and set a new College record with time of 47.92.  A graduate of Hanover Park High School, Lazur is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Maureen Lazur.

Daley was a distance runner for the Bantams, won the 5,000-meter run at the Mass.-Dartmouth Invitational in the spring, and also a three-year member of Trinity's top seven in cross country. A six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Daley is a graduate of Fenwick High School and is majoring in English and education.  She is the daughter of William and Camela Daley.  

Ells was a distance runner for the Bantams and is a two-year member of Trinity's top seven in cross country.  A six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Ells is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and is majoring in English.  She is the daughter of Kathy and Jon Ells.

Ryan competes predominantly in the 400 meters for the Bantams, must missed the majority of the 2016-17 track seasons with an injury.  She also runs cross country for the Bantams, and has earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition five times.  A graduate of Exeter High School, Ryan is majoring in neuroscience.  She is the daughter of James and Mary Ellen Ryan.

Allardi competed in the hurdles, jumps, and multi-events for the Bantams, posting the top Trinity performance in the indoor high jump at 4'10.27", the indoor triple jump at 33'04.98", the outdoor high jump at 5'01.50", the outdoor triple jump at 34'02.00", and the heptathlon with 3,461 points.  A graduate of Reading Memorial High School, Allardi is majoring in English at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Allardi. 

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