Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on his team with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution. Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first-, second-and third-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
Bettez and Toth are two of 11 student-athletes named to the team for Division III District 1, which includes Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Graduating from Tufts on May 19, Bettez earned a dual degree in biochemistry and Spanish. Inducted into the Tufts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, she was a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team member nine times (three years in all three seasons). A Jumbo cross country team captain, she will attend Tufts University School of Medicine beginning July 2019.
Bettez was the first Tufts runner in 37 years to win the all-divisions New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship women's cross country race in October. She was also the runner-up in NESCAC Cross Country Championship to earn All-Conference for the third time in her career. In track, she placed fifth at the 2019 conference meet in the 10,000 meters.
Toth is a rising senior at Tufts majoring in biology and environmental studies. She is a six-time Dean's List student who worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory biology lab class at Tufts. She was the Jumbos' NCAA Elite 90 award nominee for having the highest grade point average among the team's participants at the NCAA Championships.
In March Toth finished as an All-American (seventh) at 2019 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships in the mile run (4:55.13). Outdoors she qualified nationally in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 2:13.48. She was also part of the school-record 4x800 relay foursome (9:09.79) that won the 2019 New England Division III Outdoor title. She also won the 1,000 meters at the New England Division III Indoor Championships in 2019 (2:55.37).