Chattanooga graduate Abby Bateman was selected to the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Academic All-America Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.
Bateman, a two-time Academic All-American, is one of 11 repeats on the team.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May with 4.0 grade point average in Marketing. Of the 47 members of the women’s team, she was one of 17 to carry a 4.0 GPA.
"It's a great honor for Abby, her family, the athletics department and, of course, UTC," Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. "To be named one of the very brightest of the most athletically gifted in Division I is truly a blessing and to do it twice is commendable. She is one of our hardest working athletes. She carries that same motivation, dedication and commitment into the classroom."
Bateman was named to the SoCon Fall All-Academic Team as a member of the cross country team and then earned a spot on the SoCon Spring All-Academic Team as a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She was named to the league's Academic Honor Roll and is a recipient of the SoCon Commissioner's Medal for Academics. At UTC she has been a mainstay on the Dean’s List and Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.
As a middle distance runner on the women’s track and field teams, she is an all-conference performer on the Distance Medley Relay team and helped the Mocs to a runner-up finish at the 2018 SoCon Cross Country Championships.
She set personal records this season in two distances for cross country including the 6-kilometer at the Berry Invitational. In the indoor track season, she improved on her 800 meter time at the Samford Bulldog Open in February, flirting with the school record.
For more information regarding the Academic All-America® program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.
Note: Despite the cancellation of spring competition during COVID-19, CoSIDA continued its sponsorship of the Academic All-America awards program. Student-athletes were selected based on career statistics.