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42 Athletes Receive Academic Honors

42 Athletes Receive Academic Honors

42 Bethel student-athletes—including 10 men’s soccer players—received Academic All-Conference recognition from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has honored a record number of fall sport student-athletes with Academic All-Conference recognition. Among the record-breaking 410 student athletes honored from the 13 MIAC institutions, 42 hailed from Bethel University. Those 42 student-athletes were recognized for meeting all sport-specific athletic requirements and possessing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale following the fall semester.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior with at least one year (two semesters) at their current institution. Athletically, student-athletes in fall team sports (football, volleyball, soccer) must compete in 50 percent of their team's regular-season varsity contests. Cross country student-athletes are required to finish in the overall top 100 or their team's top seven at the 2017 MIAC Cross Country Championship. Between the on-field component and lofty GPA standard, the MIAC Academic All-Conference honor is a perfect blend of the balanced excellence championed by the MIAC and NCAA Division III.

MIAC Academic All-Conference teams are announced twice annually, after the completion of both the fall and spring academic semesters. The MIAC maintains an online archive of Academic All-Conference honors.