MEDFORD - Melissa Rowland, a 2021 graduate of Tufts University, has been named to the Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field / Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in competition and in the classroom, the CoSIDA Academic All-District® program separately recognizes track & field and cross country honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Rowland is one of 10 student-athletes on the NCAA Division III District I (Massachusetts and Maine) Team. She is also one of just two individuals from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) to earn the Academic All-District® honor in track & field / cross country overall.
From Fair Haven, New Jersey, Rowland graduated in May with a degree in electrical engineering. During the 2021 outdoor track & field season, she finished as the runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championship with a school-record 10:31.82 time. The second-place finish helped head coach Kristen Morwick's Tufts team place sixth at the national championship meet, the program's highest finish since 1991. During the regular-season, Rowland ran the nation's #1 time for the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:39.90) and was also nationally-ranked with a 4:41.28 time in the 1,500 meters.
In addition to achieving a near-perfect grade point average over the course of her four years at Tufts, Rowland also received the Amos Emerson Dolbear Scholarship in Electrical Engineering from Tufts in 2021. She entered the workforce this summer as a Navigation Engineer at MIT's prestigious Draper Laboratory.
Rowland now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in mid-August.
Including Molly Ryan and Sofia Rosa in women's basketball, Brennan Morris in men's basketball, Sophie Lloyd in women's soccer, Travis Van Brewer in men's soccer, Matt Alswanger in football, Cate Desler in volleyball, Miles Reid in baseball, Kristina Haghdan in softball, Isaac Gorelik (tennis), Boris Sorkin (tennis) and Nate Tingen (swimming) as men's At-Large recipients and Catherine Lawliss (lacrosse) and Amy Socha (swimming) as women's At-Large honorees, Tufts student-athletes earned 15 Academic All-District® selections this year.