Bethany Drake Earns D2 CCA Regional Scholar-Athlete Honor

Aug. 30, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Recent Western Washington University graduate Bethany Drake has been selected as the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) Women’s West Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year, recognized as one of 17 regional award winners announced by the organization.

The D2 CCA scholar-athlete honorees were comprised of nine women’s regional winners and eight men’s regional winners with 10 NCAA II sports represented among the selections. From the list of 17 regional award winners, senior women’s golfer Marie Coors of Saint Leo University and senior men’s basketball player Adam Klie of UC San Diego were selected as the Division II Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Initiated in 1992 to promote its member conferences and institutions, D2 CCA has made its mark in providing a united front for NCAA Division II athletics. Created after the break-up of the College Division Commissioners Association, the D2 CCA continues to create lines of communication and opportunities for its member conferences. The D2 CCA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year.

The scholar-athlete regional honor adds to an illustrious list of athletic and academic accomplishments for Drake (Sandy, OR), a three-time All-American and two-time national champion in the javelin as well as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Academic-All American.

Capping her WWU track & field career in 2017 with her second NCAA II javelin title (also won in 2014), Drake was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Female Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year during her senior season.

After previously graduating with a bachelor’s degree in art education carrying a 3.87 cumulative grade point average, Drake walked again in June of 2017 with a perfect 4.00 GPA while obtaining her Master in Teaching as she pursues a career as an art teacher. In addition to CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, Drake became a three-time GNAC Academic All-Star and was also named WWU’s co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year during her senior year.

Drake is also in the running for another prestigious honor as one of 34 Division II student-athletes remaining from a pool of 117 Division II nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year program, which recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The top 30 nominees, 10 from each NCAA Division, will be named in early September.

 

2017 D2 CCA Scholar-Athlete Women’s Regional Honorees

 

Name

Year

School

Region

Sport

Major

GPA

Sabrina Anderson

Sr.

Slippery Rock University

Atlantic

Track & Field

Exercise Science

3.91

Marie Coors

Sr.

Saint Leo University

South

Golf

Economics

4.00

Bethany Drake

Sr.

Western Washington University

West

Track & Field

Art

3.87

Mel Herl

Sr.

Chadron State College

South Central

Track & Field

Sports and Recreation Management

3.82

Kayce Krucki

Sr.

Wheeling Jesuit University

Atlantic

Volleyball

Athletic Training

3.85

Carly Muscaro

Sr.

Merrimack College

East

Track & Field

Criminology

3.89

Nicole Ries

Sr.

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Central

Softball

Mass Media

3.70

Laina Snyder

Jr.

Ashland University

Midwest

Basketball

Business Management

3.91

Cheyenne Thompson

Sr.

University of Montevallo

Southeast

Track & Field

Biology

4.00



2017 D2 CCA Scholar-Athlete Men’s Regional Honorees

Name

Year

School

Region

Sport

Major

GPA

Lars Benner

Sr.

University of Tampa

South

Cross Country

Biochemistry

4.00

Tim Buff

Sr.

Le Moyne College

East

Swimming

Finance & Marketing

3.96

Calvin Hawke

Sr.

Barton College

Southeast

Baseball

Business Administration and Mathematics

3.98

Adam Klie

Sr.

UC San Diego

West

Basketball

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics

4.00

Dan Monteroso

Gr.

West Liberty University

Atlantic

Basketball/Football

Education

4.00

Gokul Natesan

Sr.

Colorado School of Mines

South Central

Basketball

Computer Science

3.90

Nate Rodriguez

Sr.

Maryville University

Midwest

Wrestling

Biochemistry

3.93

Kyle Zimmerman

Sr.

Northwest Missouri State University

Central

Football

General Management

3.86

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