Nathan Watson, Jonathan Boyd and Abbey Bateman were named to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, as voted on by sports information directors around the country, for their excellence in the classroom and competition.
The 2020 Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field / Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes track & field/cross country honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Watson graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was named to the Southern Conference Honor Roll as well as the Chattanooga Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll.
He helped the Mocs to fourth place finishes in back-to-back season as a leader of the men's cross country team. He had a top-10 finish at the Berry College Invitational his junior year to help lead the Mocs to the 8-kilometer title. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native recorded two personal records last year on the pitch.
Boyd carries a 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering and just completed his second season on the team. He earned the Southern Conference Commissioner's Medal for Academics and is on his way to his second this year. Boyd was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and All-Academic Team in the fall as well as the Mocs' Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll.
He has had a stellar career as a leader for the Mocs. He was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in cross country his rookie year and is consistently one of the Mocs' top finishers. He ran a personal record this season in the 8-kilomoter at the prestigious Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic.
Bateman returns for her second appearance on the All-District list. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team last year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May with a degree in Marketing with a 4.0 GPA. She has earned the SoCon Commissioner's Medal for Academics each season and named to the league Honor Roll. She is a mainstay on the Mocs' Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll.
Bateman earned all-conference as a member of the Chattanooga indoor track Distance Medley Relay team and flirted with the school record in the 800 meter run.
Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees will be announced from June 22-25.