AUSTIN, Texas – Just a few weeks after being named Google Cloud Academic All-District®, Franklin College senior distance runner Rachel Bowden was named Third Team Academic All-America® Division III Cross Country/Track and Field by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday (Jun. 19) afternoon.
The New Albany, Ind.-native becomes the first member of the Franklin track and field program to garner Academic All-America status since Anna Murdock was collected the honor from the USTFCCCA back in 2015.
Bowden finished her cross country career last fall, setting a pair of individual career bests towards the end of the season. At the #JennaStrong Invitational on Oct. 13, Bowden posted a personal best time of 20:51.8 in the 5K race. One week later at the HCAC championships, her time of 21:12.0 in the 6K was not only a new PR, but it earned Bowden an 11th place finish in the event and All-HCAC accolades.
She continued her success during both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, taking part in the 800-meter, 1500-meter, mile run, 3000-meter and 3000-meter steeplechase events, capturing several top-five finishes along the way.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.