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 18th season leading the Jumbos.
Last year, for the fourth straight season and the eighth time overall, Tufts University women's cross country competed at the NCAA Championship Race. The Jumbos finished eighth overall out of 32 teams, the third-best finish by the Jumbos at Nationals since 2006. Morwick's Jumbos finished seventh overall in 2015 and fifth overall in 2006.
Also in 2016, Coach Morwick mentored Brittany Bowman who was the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Athlete of the Year for the fall. Bowman won the NCAA Regional Championship and was 18th at the NCAA meet.
Numerous All-Americans in cross country and track & field have competed under Coach Morwick's guidance during her tenure at Tufts. Bowman was an All-American in all three seasons (cross country, indoors and outdoors) last year. 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.
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 (NESCAC) track & field champions in 2013.
Tufts' women's cross country athletes also perform at a high level academically. Twelve of Morwick's team members earned NESCAC All-Academic honors with grade point averages of 3.4 or above. For the 2016-17 academic year, Tufts women's cross country had a 3.46 cumulative grade point average with four athletes receiving USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
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 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.