Bethany Drake Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American

June 22, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University senior javelin thrower and two-time national champion Bethany Drake has added to her illustrious athletic and academic achievements by being honored as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Track & Field/Cross Country First Team Academic All-American, announced Thursday by CoSIDA.

Drake (Sandy, OR) was selected as one of 15 members on the Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America First Team. She previously obtained her bachelor’s degree in art education with a 3.87 cumulative grade point average before graduating earlier this month with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in her Master in Teaching graduate program. Drake is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 selection and was announced as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year (all sports) earlier in the week on June 19.

Drake is the fifth WWU track & field student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history and second to earn First Team honors. She joins Elise Aylward (WWU women’s soccer, Third Team) as Vikings to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 2016-17 academic year. Drake’s award also marks the second consecutive year the WWU track & field program has featured a CoSIDA Academic All-American as Taylor Guenther was named a Third Team Academic All-American in 2016.

Concluding her WWU career with her second national title in the javelin at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on May 27 in Bradenton, Fla., Drake previously won a javelin national title in 2014. Her mark of 51.81m/170-0 to win the national championship in 2017 was over 12 feet further than the 2nd-place finisher for her second national championship and third All-American finish as a four-year outdoor national championships participant. Earlier in the season, she won her first Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in the javelin against a field that featured seven conference student-athletes advancing to the national championships.

Additionally with regard to academic accolades, Drake is a three-time GNAC All-Academic Team selection, the 2014 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Division II Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree with the 2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees still to be announced later in the summer. She was also a co-recipient of the WWU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for the 2016-17 academic year.

WWU TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY

 COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

2017

Bethany Drake (Track & Field/Cross Country)

First Team

2016

Taylor Guenther (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Third Team

2012

Alex Harrison (Track & Field/Cross Country)

First Team

2012

Eric Brill (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Second Team

1985

Jeff Neubauer (At-Large – Track & Field/Cross Country)

Third Team

A four-time outdoor national championships participant, three-time USTFCCCA All-American and two-time national champion, Drake concludes her collegiate career with a career-best mark of 54.18m/177-9 ranking as the conference record as well as No. 2 in WWU history. Among an illustrious list of accolades and honors during her collegiate career, Drake’s senior season alone has included the following honors:

  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
  • GNAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • GNAC Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year
  • NCAA Division II javelin national champion
  • USTFCCCA First Team All-American
  • USTFCCCA All-West Region
  • GNAC javelin champion
  • Two-time GNAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
  • College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 8
  • GNAC All-Academic Team
  • WWU Female Athlete of the Year (Co-Recipient)
  • WWU Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (Co-Recipient)
  • HERO Sports Division II HERO of the Year Finalist

Drake is set to compete this week at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Last weekend, she tied her season best with a throw of 52.40m/171-11 at the Iron Wood Throwers Club Last Chance Qualifier in Portland. She will compete in the USATF Championships with former teammate Katie Reichert.

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