The Bethany women's cross country team has always been known for the hard work they put forth in training for races. They put in hard work in the classroom as well and the latter is being recognized as the Vikings have been selected as a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III All-Academic team for 2013.
The squad earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.66 and were among four other UMAC teams to join the list including Minnesota-Morris, North Central, Northwestern, and St. Scholastica.
To earn recognition on this list, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or greater and competed in at least five different meets with at least five runners representing their school at each.
Of the 215 women's Division III programs honored nationwide, Bethany's GPA was tied for 12th highest.
Also, Lauren Farquhar received special recognition as a Division III Women's Cross Country Individual All-Academic honoree. To be honored, runners must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and must have finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships. Farquhar falls in both of those categories.
The freshman compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA and finished 39th at the NCAA Division III Central Regionals in November out of 186 runners. 308 athletes received this honor, but only 12 did so earning a perfect GPA.