Shauneen Garrahan, Amherst College


In just her first year with the Jeffs’ cross country team, Shauneen Garrahan came away as both the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year. The two-time captain helped Amherst capture its first NESCAC cross country title this past fall along with a second-place showing for the Jeffs at the 2006 NCAA women’s cross country championship. At the national level, Garrahan added three NCAA individual titles this past May to her 2005 NCAA crown in the steeplechase with first-place finishes in the 5k, the 10k, and an NCAA championship-record showing in the steeplechase. Garrahan’s efforts helped Amherst place fourth at the NCAA championship and gave her 2007 Performer of the Meet honors. 

Garrahan has been nominated for The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. An active member of both the local and campus community, Garrahan participated in numerous student organizations at Amherst along with volunteering her time for multiple charities.  

Majoring in psychology and political science, Garrahan graduated from Amherst in May with a grade point average of 3.68. A NESCAC All-Academic honoree three years in a row, she garnered Amherst’s Psi Upsilon Prize in 2007, awarded to a member of the graduating class considered preeminent in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character, and the Senior Student-Athlete Award, which is given to an exemplary senior athlete based on academics, community involvement, and athletic prowess. Garrahan is also an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow and has co-authored an article for The Indicator, Amherst’s student journal of social and political thought.