Head coach Kristen Morwick leads one of the nation's most successful cross country and track & field programs at Tufts University. Hired in June 2000, Coach Morwick is currently in her 19th season leading the Jumbos.
Numerous All-Americans in cross country and track & field have competed for Coach Morwick at Tufts, including multiple NCAA track champions. In 2018, Brittany Bowman won the 5,000 meters indoor national championship. Jana Hieber captured the 2104 NCAA Outdoor 400-meter hurdles title. The Jumbo distance medley relay earned back-to-back national titles in 2008-09. Jessica Trombly also won the NCAA 400-meter hurdles in 2004. Leslie Crofton was fifth overall at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country meet, while Bowman had 11th and 18th-place finishes in 2017 and 2016 respectively. Bowman won the NCAA Regional cross country race in 2016 and was the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Athlete of the Year.
Morwick has also overseen great team success in both sports. Eleven times in track & field Tufts has placed among the top 20 teams at the NCAA Championships. The Jumbos' 11th-place finish indoors in 2018 was the best since Tufts took ninth at the 2011-12 NCAA indoor meet. Tufts was fifth indoors in 2009 and sixth indoors in 2008. In addition to the 2006 women's cross country program's best-ever fifth-place effort nationally, Tufts was eighth at the 2016 NCAA's and then seventh in 2017.
At the New England Division III Track & Field Championships, Morwick's Tufts teams won indoor titles in 2013 and 2008. The Jumbos were the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) track & field champions in 2013. In cross country, Tufts was the NCAA Regional runners-up in 2015 and 2017 and the conference runner-up in 2006, 2015 and 2016.
Tufts' women's cross country and track & field athletes also perform at a high level academically. In 2017-18 Tufts received All-Academic Team honors as well as having 13 individuals earn All-Academic honors presented by the USTFCCCA. The women's cross country 3.587 cumulative team GPA for 2017-18 was the highest among women's teams at Tufts.
The Jumbos have been community service leaders under Coach Morwick as well. They particpate in the Jog Your Memory Run to raise money for Alzheimer's, volunteer at the Tufts 10K road race and have a number of student-atheltes who work with Special Olympics.
Coach Morwick received USTFCCA New England Region Cross Country Coach of the Year honors in 2017. She was the NESCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015 as well as the conference's Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2012. She earned the USTFCCCA's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field New England Coach of the Year recognition in 2013.
A 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, Morwick was previously the head coach of cross country and a track & field assistant 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.