by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has had another student-athlete honored with a regional academic award.
The 2016'17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has released the names of the Academic All-District® At-Large Teams (men’s and women’s). These teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Bethel’s Brian Krehbiel, senior from Donnellson, Iowa, a member of the golf team, has been selected to receive the Academic All-District® Award after a stellar senior season on the golf course, combined with a successful academic performance.
This is the Bethel golf team’s first athlete to receive the award in program history, and Bethel’s second overall of the 2016'17 year (men’s basketball player Jacob Miller, senior from Westmoreland, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3® Team in February).
The CoSIDA At-Large Teams cover a wide array of sports, including golf, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, rifle, water polo and men’s volleyball.
Krehbiel wrapped up his collegiate golf career with his best season overall.
He finished T-1st in two different tournaments, the Bethel/Haskell Dual and the Bethel College Invitational, where he turned in a single-round best 69 (-2) during the two-day tournament.
He also was able to rally at the KCAC Men’s Golf Championships for a third-place finish (217, +1), enabling him to claim spots on the All-Tournament Team and the All-KCAC Team.
The Academic All-District® teams include student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016'17 DII and DIII Academic All-America® Teams program.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees (like Krehbiel and Miller) advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot. In Krehbiel’s case, 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-Team All-America® honorees will be selected later in May.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel is part of the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.
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