MEDFORD - Tufts University's Natalie Bettez has been selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field / Cross Country Team announced on Tuesday.
Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on his team with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.
Bettez was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field / Cross Country Team last month, which put her on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
Named to the Academic All-America® second team, Bettez is the only New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) track & field student-athlete to earn recognition among the top two teams. She is one of seven from New England schools on the top two teams.
Graduating from Tufts on May 19, Bettez earned a dual degree in biochemistry and Spanish. Inducted into the Tufts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, she was a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team member nine times (three years in all three seasons). A Jumbo cross country team captain, she will attend Tufts University School of Medicine beginning July 2019.
Bettez was the first Tufts runner in 37 years to win the all-divisions New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship women's cross country race in October. She was also the runner-up in NESCAC Cross Country Championship to earn All-Conference for the third time in her career. In track, she placed fifth at the 2019 conference meet in the 10,000 meters.