(Monday, Nov. 20, 2006)

(New England Runner of the Year Takes Ninth at NCAA Championship for Second Straight Top-15 Finish)


Ellen Davis        Ellen Davis '07 placed ninth of 279 runners during the NCAA Division III Cross-Country Championship held at the Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 to earn All-America laurels for the second year in a row.  Last season, she finished 15th of 213 entrants to become an All-American.  This year marked the fourth consecutive trip to Nationals for Davis, only the third Wesleyan woman to accomplish that feat.
        Qualifying as an individual for the national cross-country meet by winning the New England Division III meet on Veteran Golf Course in Springfield, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 11, Davis was named New England Division III Runner of the Year.  The NCAA championship event was held on a very sloppy course and times were much slower than usual.  Davis was 46 seconds off the winning pace of Williamette's Sarah Zerzan.
        Davis also is a two-time indoor track All-American.  She earned her first All-America honor indoors in 2005 when she finished eighth in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Division III meet.  In 2006, she improved her position by placing fourth in the same event.  She also competed in the 5k outdoors in 2005, placing 12th. 
      In addition to her accolades on the track and cross-country course, Davis earned academic all-NESCAC honors in cross country this fall and gained the recognition both in indoor and outdoor track in 2005-06.  She was selected as a second-team choice for the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I Academic All-America squad last year.