Head Coach Kristen Morwick

Cross Country Office
Tufts University
Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: (617) 627-5625
Fax: (617) 627-3614
E-mail: kristen.morwick@tufts.edu

Assistants: Mike Salem, Heidi Caldwell

 

With outstanding talent and a rich tradition, the Tufts University women's cross country program is one of New England's best regardless of division. Now in her 15th season, Coach Kristen Morwick guides a program that annually adds to the long list of athletic and academic achievements compiled by the program since its inception in 1976.

Morwick's Jumbo program has been represented at the NCAA Championship either individually or as a team in each of the last 11 seaons. Last year's squad ran 13th out of the 32 teams which qualified for the NCAA meet. Senior Abby Barker earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American honors. She was the fifth cross country All-American recruited to Tufts by Morwick, including two-time All-Americans Cat Beck, Katy O'Brien and Stephanie McNamara.

In 2012, first-year Audrey Gould placed 68th in the NCAA race, the best finish by a Tufts first-year at the NCAA meet since 2007. Gould was the conference's Rookie of the Year that season. O'Brien was the New England Small College Athletic Conference's 2006 Most Outstanding Performer. Morwick's 2006 Tufts team posted its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championship by taking fifth place.

Jumbo cross country runners are also annually honored for their academic success. Eight team members earned Academic All-NESCAC honors for the 2013 season. Six runners from the 2013 Tufts team received national USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.

A 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, Morwick was previously the head coach of cross country / track & field at Williams College. At Dartmouth, Morwick competed in the multi-events and held the high jump record for several years. She was also a member of the basketball team.

She began her coaching career at Tufts as an assistant under Branwen Smith-King. Hired at Williams in 1996, Morwick's cross country teams there qualified for the NCAA national championship race from 1996-99 and twice she was named New England Coach of the Year.

Also the track & field coach at Tufts, she has been selected NCAA New England Coach of the Year in that sport several times.


Assistant Coach Mike Salem

Mike Salem is in his first year as the Tufts Women's Cross Country graduate assistant coach. From Sutton, Mass., he is a 2009 gradudate of Boston University. For the past two years, he served as the head women's track & field coach at Bridgewater State University.

Prior his stint at BSU, Salem was an associate track & field coach at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon during the 2011-12 season. After graduation from BU, he served as an assistant at Swarthmore from 2009-11.

While at BU, Coach Salem competed in the shot put, discus and javelin events for the men's track and field team and earned the program's Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2008-2009 academic year. He was a also member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009, and was named to the America East Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in 2006 and again in 2007.


Assistant Coach Heidi Caldwell

Heidi Caldwell is the new distance assistant coach for the Tufts Cross Country / Track & Field program. She is from Hanover, N.H. and just graduated from Brown University this past spring.

For the Brown cross country team, Caldwell was a captain and was named Second Team All-Ivy and was also selected to the Academic All-Ivy Team last fall. She was also a 2012 First Team All-Ivy and All-Northeast Region selection.

In track & field, Caldwell holds the Bears' indoor and outdoor records in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. She has earned numerous All-Ivy honors including winning the 2012 Heptagonal Championships in the 5000 meters.

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