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 17th season leading the Jumbos.
Numerous All-Americans in cross country and track & field have competed under Coach Morwick's guidance during her tenure at Tufts. In 2014, Jana Hieber captured the NCAA Outdoor 400-meter hurdles title. It marked the fourth national championship won by Tufts athletes under Coach Morwick. The Jumbo distance medley relay team 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.
Morwick has also overseen great team success in both sports. Ten times in track & field Tufts has placed among the top 20 teams at the NCAA Championships, including 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, in 2014 the Jumbos placed 16th at the NCAA race and the team was 13th at NCAA's in 2013. In 2011, Tufts placed 20th at NCAA's.
At the New England Division III Championships, Morwick's Tufts teams won indoor titles in 2013 and 2008. The Jumbos were the New England Small College Athletic Conference track & field champions in 2013.
Tufts' women's track & field athletes also perform at a high level academically. For the 2015-16 academic year, Tufts women's cross country had a 3.41 cumulative grade point average with five athletes receiving US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors. For track & field last year, five athletes were USTFCCCA All-Academic while the team achieved a 3.39 gpa.
Coach Morwick 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.