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Trinity's Kabari, McAlister, Allen, And Martin Receive USTFCCCA Indoor All-American Honors

Trinity's Kabari, McAlister, Allen, And Martin Receive USTFCCCA Indoor All-American Honors
Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's senior co-captain Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.), women's senior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.), men's sophomore Robert Allen (Bloomfield, Conn.), and men's first-year Travis Martin (New Haven, Conn.) were each named as United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III All-Americans for the 2019-20 indoor track and field season.  All four Bantams qualified 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships that were to be held in March in North Carolina. The athletes traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. and were set to begin competing when the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  McAlister qualified in the 5,000-meter run, while Kabari made the NCAAs in the shot put, Allen qualified in the 60-meter dash, and Martin qualified in the 3,000-meter run. 

Normal policies dictate that USTFCCCA All-American honors are awarded to student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top-eight in the final of an individual event or as a member of a top-eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships.  In lieu of conduction of the national championship this season, the NCAA Division III Executive Committee decided that all student-athletes declared and initially accepted into their event and members of all relays who produced the performance that was declared and initially accepted into their event will be recognized this year.  A total of 675 athletes from 161 different institutions were honored on Tuesday.
 
McAlister qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships due to his first-place time of 14:39.91 in the Tufts National Qualifying Meet.  McAlister also won the mile run at the Smith College Invitational, finished second in the mile run in the Mary Grinaker Invitational at Smith, and scored in the New England Division III Championship Meet at Springfield with a time of 8:37.18 in the 3,000-meter run this winter.  He has scored at the New England Division III Indoor or Outdoor Championships six times, and won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) 5,000-meter title in 2018.  McAlister earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in cross country and/or track in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships in cross country for the Bantams.  He received both the Hartford Healthcare Connecticut Courage Award in January and a Trinity Athletics Robert R. Bartlett Award for his athletic excellence and commitment to campus and community service this spring.  An alum of Northfield-Mount Hermon School, McAlister graduated this month with a degree in environmental science.  He is the son of Rosemary and Steve McAlister.


Kabari, the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Runner-Up in the shot put, set a new Trinity indoor record in the event with a second-place toss of 45'00.05" at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet, and finished second in the 2020 New England Division III Championship Meet the week prior. Kabari earned her third USTFCCCA All-Region indoor shot put accolade in a row this spring despite competing in just a couple of events each year while also starring on the basketball court for the Bantams. She has scored at championship meets nine times, winning the 2018 NESCAC and the 2019 New England Division III and New England Open titles in the shot put, and qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in 2019 and 2020. She also holds Trinity's outdoor record of 49'05.75" in the event, set in her All-American runner-up finish last spring, qualified for outdoor Nationals in both 2018 and 2019, and added USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the discus throw in 2019. Kabari received a Robert R. Bartlett Award from the Trinity Athletic Department last spring for her work in the campus and surrounding communities, was honored as Trinity's 2020 senior female athlete of the year (Trinity Club of Hartford Award) earlier this month. She is a two-time All-NESCAC basketball player for the Bantams, helping that squad qualify for the post-season the last three years, and was honored as the NESCAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year this winter. An alum of Phillips Exeter Academy, Kabari graduated from Trinity on Sunday with a degree in economics. She is the daughter of Monday and Kornebari Kabari.

Allen qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships due to his first-place time of 6.89 seconds in the 60-meter dash (new Trinity record) at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet.  Allen also won the 60-meter dash at both the Triangle Classic and the Massassoit Invitational meets at Springfield College, while scoring at the New England Division III Championship Meet at Springfield with fifth-place finishes in both the 60- and 200-meter dash final races.  He was among the top three in each of his 10 races at those two distances this winter, and received USTFCCCA All-Regional recognition.  He scored as a rookie in the 200-meter with a seventh-place performance at the 2018 New England Division III Indoor Championships.  A graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School, he is the son of Erica and Edward Allen.

Martin qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships by virtue of his second-place time of 8:27.27 in the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University.  He also scored twice in the 2020 New England Division III Championships in February with a sixth-place time of 4:16.37 in the mile run and a fourth-place time of 10:20.68 as a member of Trinity's distance medley relay.  Martin, who also runs cross country for the Bantams, also won the mile run at both the Smith Invitational and the Mary Grinaker Invitational at Smith, and was second in the 800-meter run in the Triangle Classic at Springfield this winter.  A graduate of Common Ground High School, Martin is majoring in political science at Trinity. He is the son of Terry Dagradi and Jim Martin.

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