WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Four-year Eastern Connecticut State University women’s cross country/track & field athlete Haley Knox (Bristol) has been voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) / Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District 2 Team in 2018-19, released Tuesday.
A mathematics major, Knox becomes Eastern’s fifth overall recipient of a cross country/track & field award CoSIDA award – fourth in five years – but becomes the first female recipient in program history. She is the only female all-district recipient from the Little East Conference.
As one of 12 winners from District 2 – comprised of institutions located in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia and the District of Columbia -- Knox’s name will be forwarded to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. That team will be released June 25. She was one of 12 all-district winners chosen from an original list of 34.
As an undergraduate, Knox has accumulated a near-perfect grade-point average, having earned all A’s since the start of her sophomore year. She will complete degree requirements this summer after completing a class through the english department during a five-week study-abroad trip to Florence, Italy. She is minoring in computer science with a concentration in writing.
A 2015 graduate of Bristol Central High School, Knox capped a remarkable athletic and academic career this year with a slew of honors and achievements which included a nomination as the NCAA and Little East Conference Woman-of the-Year. She also was recipient of the prestigious Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award – given to 12 students in the Connecticut State University system -- the athletic department’s Bonnie J. Edmondson Female SportsPerson-of-the-Year and Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, and inclusion into honor societies for mathematics and leadership.
At left: At this past spring's awards banquet, Haley Knox was named the 21st recipient of the Bonnie J. Edmondson Female SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award, which is presented to a senior exhibiting the qualities of spirit, teammwork, dedication and athletic excellence. Shown with Knox are head cross country and track & field coach Kathy Manizza (far left) and Bonnie Edmondson '87.
Knox has served as president of the Math Club this year and has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences on topics such as Ordered Multiplicity Inverse Eigenvalue Problem on Six Vertices, submitted research projects to a number of publications, and as a junior, served as a teaching assistant to Dr. Megan Heenehan. She also provided private tutoring sessions for math majors this past year.
“Giving 110 percent is something that Haley does in every aspect of her life,” notes Knox’ head cross country and track & field coach, Kathy Manizza. “Haley is an absolute pleasure to be around, she is a terrific teammate, and she will always go out of her way to help someone in need.”
Knox’s year-round dedication to running accounted for her development into one of the top performers in cross country the last two years, into an All-New England qualifier and New England Alliance champion in track & field, and program record-breaker in the indoor 1000 and outdoor 3000 meter steeplechase and 4x800 relay. A senior captain in cross country, Knox helped the Warriors win the 2017 LEC women’s cross country title – the first in program history – as one of the team’s Top 5 runners.
“Haley was a fairly average runner when she arrived at Eastern,” admits Manizza, “but she worked very hard both during the off season and in-season, and ended up as one of the best distance runners to ever attend Eastern.”
EASTERN’S CoSIDA ALL-DISTRICT RECIPIENTS
IN CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD
2018/19: Haley Knox Bristol District 2
2017/18: Cooper Goslin South Windsor District 2
2015/16: Lee Cattanach New London District 2
2014/15: Lee Cattanach New London District 2
2001/02: Kurt Gannon Sterling District 1
NCAA DIVISION III – DISTRICT 2 (CT, DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, RI, WV)
Haley Knox Eastern Connecticut State University Sr. 3.96 Mathematics
Natalie Cooper The College of New Jersey Sr. 3.78 Health & Exercise Science
Gina Dello Russo Stevens Institute of Technology Jr. 3.92 Mechanical Engineering
Maya Hammonds Johns Hopkins University Sr. 3.70 Molecular & Cellular Biology
Kathleen Jaeger The College of New Jersey Sr. 3.77 Special Education
Abby Lodge Stockton University Sr.3.93 Environmental Science
Kiera Lyons Catholic University Sr. 3.87 Physics / Studio Art
Kelsey Phillips Spalding University Jr. 3.97 Natural Science Caelyn Reilly
Johns Hopkins University Jr. 3.43 Applied Math & Statistics / Public Health
Sydney Ruckel Salisbury University So. 4.00 Exercise Science
Madeleine Tattory The College of New Jersey Sr. 3.85 International Studies
Hannah Vendetta Rowan University Sr. 3.64 Public Relations