Tricia Serres, a junior and 2012 graduate of Platteville High School, has been named a 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team as a first team selection. This is the first time she has been so honored.
The 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Serres was selected from a pool of first-team all-district honorees from eight regions. This year’s Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team consists of 17 first-team, 12 second-team and 15 third-team honorees, for a total of 44 student-athletes chosen for this outstanding honor.
During the 2014-15 campaign, Serres made her third appearance at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships as well as her third appearance at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
In cross country, she captured her second consecutive Iowa Conference championship and was named league MVP for a second time. She went on to place second at the Central Regional, qualifying for the outdoor championships where she missed earning All-America honors for a third time by one place, finishing 36th.
In track and field, she missed the indoor season due to injury but returned to the outdoor arena where she was named the Iowa Conference Most Valuable Female Track Performer after winning both the 1500 and 5000 meter runs. She also anchored the all-conference performing 4 x 800 relay that placed second.
Just prior to the outdoor track and field championships, Serres was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
At the outdoor championships, Serres captured the national title in the 1500, after placing fifth in 2013 and was the national runner-up in 2014 in this same event.
With her title, Serres became only the second Luther athlete in women's track history to claim an outdoor national title and the first to do so since 1997. Turena Johnson won both the 5000 and 10,000 meter runs in 1997.
A few hours later, Serres earned her seventh All-America honor of her track career, placing second in the 5000 meters.
Serres is an Biology major who has a grade point average of 3.56. She is the daughter of Rob and Heidi Serres of Platteville, Wis.