INA - Rend Lake College distance runner Bethany Kirkpatrick has been named an All-American for her outstanding performance in courses this past season. However, this honor is for coursework much different from training on cross-country paths with her fellow Lady Warriors.
Kirkpatrick, a 19-year-old freshman from Mt. Vernon, earned Academic All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association after making a perfect, 4.0 GPA at RLC.
Her performance in the classroom helped the Lady Warriors cross-country team grab the 14th spot among the top-20 academic Juco women's cross-country teams in the country. The team had an average GPA of 3.203.
Kirkpatrick is one of 28 female cross country student-athletes from community colleges across the nation to maintain a 4.0 GPA. She is the lone representative from her team to achieve Academic All-American honors.
She is also a member of the RLC women's national championship track and field team. At the recent indoor track and field national championships, Kirkpatrick competed in the 3,000m run and helped score a team point as a member of the eighth-place 4x800m relay team.
In the 2007 cross-country national championships hosted by RLC, Kirkpatrick finished 35th out of more than 200 runners and aided in the program-best, ninth-place team finish for the Lady Warriors.