Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division III Awarded to Bethel’s Marie Borner

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – Marie Borner of Bethel (Minn.) has been named as Division III’s female cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Borner is also among 188 given All-Academic status for the previous cross country season for their efforts in the classroom and on nation’s cross country courses.

2008 Honorees | Award History

Borner, a senior from Cottage Grove, Minn., has a 3.42 cumulative GPA through the 2009 fall semester and is majoring in Exercise Science. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award goes to the highest individual finisher from the previous year’s NCAA Cross Country Championship among those given USTFCCCA All-Academic status.

In the fall, Borner, the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Champion, finished runner-up at the national championships. Borner was also named the USTFCCCA Central Region Female Athlete of the Year after winning her second-conseuctive NCAA Central Region title. Borner became the first MIAC women’s cross country runner in more than 20 years to win three straight individual titles at the conference meet on October 31, earning the conference Most Valuable Athlete honor for the third consecutive year.

Borner is joined by Heather Jelen and Kristin Mork from Bethel as members of the All-Academic squad.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically.  To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 35 among the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

The 188 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees represent 92 schools around the country. The list includes 13 who were reported to have 4.0 or better GPAs at the end of the 2009 fall semester: Simone Childs-Walker of Carleton, Kerrin Epstein of Gettysburg, Lolly Plummer of Hendrix, Maria Monks of MIT, Kristyn Zeiler of Methodist, Lauren Hooks of North Central (Ill.), Alison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern, Marie Ferro of RPI, Lauren Schultz of Washington and Lee, Liz Phillips of Washington (Mo.), Joy Shufeldt of Whitworth, Kathryn Williams of Whitworth, and Jennifer Gosseles of Williams.

The All-Academic list also includes six who finished in the nation’s top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and six of nine regional champions.

Williams College placed six names on the list while four other schools landed five on the list.  The University Athletic Association (UAA) paced the nation among all conferences with 19 honorees. The Northwest Conference (NWC) was next with 16.

The male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division III, along with additional individuals given All-Academic status, will be released tomorrow, Friday, February 26. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Thursday, March 4 (men) and Friday, March 5 (women).

USTFCCCA 2009 Division III Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

* Reported having a 4.0 cumulative GPA
^ Scholar-Athlete of the Year

ATHLETE MAJOR INSTITUTION
Sophie Galleher History Amherst College
Hallie Schwab French & Environmental Studies Amherst College
Melissa Sullivan Biology & Environment Studies Amherst College
Marie Borner^ Exercise Science Bethel University (Minnesota)
Heather Jelen Polical Science Bethel University (Minnesota)
Kristin Mork Nursing Bethel University (Minnesota)
Alyssa Pisarik Undecided Brandeis University
Grayce Selig Neuroscience Brandeis University
Toccoa Kahovec Liberal Studies California Lutheran University
Gretchen Braymer Elementary Education Calvin College
Sarah Dugan Pre-Occupational Therapy Calvin College
Jessica Koster Pre-Occupational Therapy Calvin College
Simone Childs-Walker* Biology Carleton College
Taylor ffitch English Carleton College
Laura Roach Biology Carleton College
Alison Smyth Chemistry Carleton College
Courtney Baker Chemical & Biomedical Engineer Carnegie Mellon University
Natalia Cabrera Ecomonmics Case Western Reserve University
Elaine Simpson Biology/Pre-med Case Western Reserve University
Remy Ball Psychology Catholic University of America
Hannah Anderson Biology Central College (Iowa)
Angie Berry History/Secondary Education Central College (Iowa)
Lauren McCafferty Spanish Centre College
Bekah Rehkamp Undeclared Centre College
Dira Hansen Communications Christopher Newport University
Brooke Rowe Mathematics Christopher Newport University
Amy Wampler Mathematics Christopher Newport University
Breanna Deutsch Government/History Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Julia Rigby Undecided Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Jennifer Tave Human Biology Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Katelyn Meger Nursing, Psycholgy College of St. Scholastica
Katalin Navarre History Denison University
Claire Hollis Spanish DePauw University
Jess Macy Undeclared DePauw University
Ellen Mail Biology DePauw University
Lauren Reich Biology DePauw University
Catherine Campbell Biochemistry and Molecular Bio Dickinson College
Taryn Shank Mathematics Elizabethtown College
Megan Van den Hengel Elementary Ed./Special Ed. Elizabethtown College
Katlyn Bednarski Speech-Launguage Pathology Elmhurst College
Calley Edwards Art History Emory University
Jenny Feinberg Economics/Mathematics Emory University
Natalie Fenn Psychology Emory University
Rebecca Flink Chinese Emory University
Tess Gallegos Anthropology Emory University
Heather Waterman Pre-Veterinarian Science Franklin College
Patron Elizabeth Exercise & Sport Sciences Frostburg State University
Gwen Massey Psychology Frostburg State University
Elizabeth Patron Exercise & Sport Science Frostburg State University
Kerrin Epstein* English/Political Science Gettysburg College
Sarah Fritz Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Gettysburg College
Emily Pierce Sociology & Christian Thought Grove City College
Ella Smith Biology Grove City College
Katherine Klinges Nursing Gwynedd-Mercy College
Alycia Tranchitella Business Education Gwynedd-Mercy College
Margot Branigan Biology Hamline University
Emily Lipman History Haverford College
Elizabeth Zoidis undeclared Haverford College
Lolly Plummer* Biochemistry Hendrix College
Kate Nelson Kinesiology Hope College
Elizabeth Ave Maria Psychology and Chemistry Illinois Wesleyan University
Kerry Devitt English and History Illinois Wesleyan University
Heidi Baumbach Clinical Exercise Science Ithaca College
Amanda Boccio Athletic Training Ithaca College
Jennifer Randall Clinical Health Studies Ithaca College
Cecilia Furlong Biomedical Engineering Johns Hopkins University
Nadia McMillan Neuroscience Johns Hopkins University
Mary O’Grady Biomedical Engineering Johns Hopkins University
Mira Patel Chemical and Bio Engineering Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth Provost International Relations Johns Hopkins University
Laura Rupprecht Biology Juniata College
Jillian McLaughlin Political Science Kalamazoo College
Lauren Metzger Biology Kenyon College
Jenn Cronin Spanish / History Lebanon Valley College
Hannah Palmer english Lewis & Clark College
Emily Thomas undecided Lewis & Clark College
Frances Corcorran Sociology Linfield College
Eleanor Evans German Linfield College
Marci Klimek Business/Marketing Linfield College
Katie Dolan Psychology Luther College
Melissa Erickson English, Philosophy Luther College
Kim Horner Anthropology Luther College
Molly Galloway Environmental Science Lynchburg College
Ashley Meyer Biomedical Science Lynchburg College
Katherine Eve Chemical Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alina Gatowski Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maria Monks* Mathematics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tania Morimoto Undesignated Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacqui Wentz Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carla Lewis Exercise Science McMurry University
Rhodes Erin Nursing Messiah College
Kristyn Zeiler* Biology Methodist University
Heather Stalter Education Mount Union College
Hannah Kinberg Undecided Nebraska Wesleyan University
Jackie Spelts Health & Fitness Studies Nebraska Wesleyan University
Hayley Sutter Political Science & History Nebraska Wesleyan University
Joan Kanarkiewicz Undecided New York University
Kirsten Keller Undecided New York University
Kerra Vick Undecided New York University
Lauren Hooks* Biology North Central College
Amanda Laesch International Business North Central College
Joanna Johnson Biology/French Oberlin College
Cordelia Revells Biology Oberlin College
Clara Shaw Bio-Chemistry Oberlin College
Eliza Dornbush Undeclared Occidental College
Sadie Mohler Undeclared Occidental College
Grace Peck History Occidental College
Alison Steinbrunner* Pharmacy Ohio Northern University
Katlin Zimmerly Sociology and Zoology Ohio Wesleyan University
Andrea Pautsch Athletic Training Otterbein College
Roxanne Cook Theater Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Alicia Freese International Relations Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Rose Haag Media Studies Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Rachel Haislet Economics Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Marie Ferro* Design, Innovation and Society Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Christine Koch Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Grace Tilton Mechanical Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Melissa De Fabrizio Biology Rhodes College
Sandy Henin Biology Rhodes College
Anna Johnson Biology Rhodes College
Taylor Stephens Undeclared Rhodes College
Robin England Economics Rutgers University, Camden
Tamra Warner Biology Southwestern University (Texas)
Amanda Dipaolo History/English Springfield College
Megan Derby Psychology St. Lawrence University
McKayla Nuffer Undeclared St. Lawrence University
Hillary St. John Biology/Chemistry St. Lawrence University
Emma Lee Undecided St. Olaf College
Alyson Dalton Kinesiology State University College at Cortland
Sandra Goettelman Education State University College at Geneseo
Marissa Liberati Biology State University College at Geneseo
Liz Montgomery Education State University College at Geneseo
Maggie Morris Biology State University College at Geneseo
Melissa Frick Biology/Economics Swarthmore College
Michelle Wallace Health & Exercise Science The College of New Jersey
Amy Wilfert Biology Tufts University
Mikayla Murphy Health Sciences University of California, Santa Cruz
Lizzie Bright English Lang / Literature University of Chicago
Linda Keller Elementary Education University of Minnesota, Morris
Haley Walker Intl Political Economy University of Puget Sound
Katie Ostrinski English Literature University of Redlands
Megan O’Connor EVS University of Rochester
Allie Metzler Biology University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Margaret Ho Criminal Justice University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Hannah Humbach Microbiology University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Kacey Rindy Kinesiology University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Jenna Smith Marketing University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Zoe Browne Art Education University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Katelynn Williams Finance/Economics University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Ayla Mitchell Elementary Education University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Allison Tank Elementary Education University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Claire Roberts Pre-Med University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Johanna Spangler undeclared Vassar College
Anna Kraayenbrink Biology Wartburg College
Jennifer Kuiken Biology Wartburg College
Lori Tlach Accouting and Business Admin. Wartburg College
Sarah Keckler Japanese/Business Washington and Lee University
Lauren Schultz* Physics Washington and Lee University
Katherine Telfeyan Geology Washington and Lee University
Jessica Londeree Anthropology Washington University (Missouri)
Liz Phillips* Biomedical Engineering Washington University (Missouri)
Molly Schlamb Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Washington University (Missouri)
Taryn Surtees Spanish and Biology Washington University (Missouri)
Randelle Boots undeclared Wellesley College
Julia Mark Undeclared Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Ravenna Neville American Studies Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Jennifer Parisi Biblical & Theological Studies Wheaton College (Illinois)
Yasmeen Colis Biology Whitman College
Michela Corcorran Religion Whitman College
Sara McCune Geology-Environmental Studies Whitman College
Michele Callaway Biology Whittier College
Jo E. Mayer Math Education Whitworth University
Dana Misterek English Whitworth University
Joy Shufeldt* Health Science Whitworth University
Tonya Turner Health Science Whitworth University
Kathryn Williams* Spanish Whitworth University
Kimber Mattox Exercise Science Willamette University
Tina Patel Chemistry Willamette University
Annie Dear Undecided Williams College
Lauren Goldstein-Kral Bio Williams College
Jennifer Gossels* Undecided Williams College
Olga Kondratjeva Economics Williams College
Elly Teitsworth Math Williams College
Ariel Williams Political Science Williams College
Annie Cekada Agriculture Wilmington College (Ohio)
Darcy Dubuc Biology Wittenberg University
Anna Henry Biology Wittenberg University
Mary Pfeifer Biology  Nursing Wittenberg University