(Story by Ethan Armstrong with additions by Al Behrends)
The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, has been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the classroom and on the playing field. Representing Gustavus Adolphus College on this year’s Academic All-District First Team for District Six are seniors Beth Hauer (Little Falls, Minn.) and Allyson Voss (Wausau, Wis.).
The Little Falls native graduated in May with a major in music education and a teaching position waiting for her in the music department at Sleepy Eye High School, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. She will begin her teaching career in August. Heavily involved in music at Gustavus, the Little Falls native was a member of the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras (euphonium), the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band (trombone) and the Lucia Singers (voice).
Beth was selected by the faculty to receive the 2012-13 Presser Scholarship for the Department of Music and was selected by audition to perform as part of the 2013 Senior Honors Recital. Even though she was also very involved with preparation for the cross country meets in the fall, she presented both a junior and a senior recital prior to finals at the end of the fall semester each year under the guidance and direction of adjunct instructor of music at Gustavus, Paul Budde.
Hauer’s drive, which was evident in the classroom as well as on the stage and the field, helped her to earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.96. With this high standing, she also awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her fall season – one of 29 women from across all divisions of the NCAA to earn such an honor.
Beth Hauer earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time this season. A four-year staple of both the Gustavus cross country and track and field teams, Hauer concluded her athletic career wearing the three crowns with one of the finest school years of her tenure on the hill. The senior captained the Gusties to an MIAC Cross Country Championship last fall, the program’s first MIAC title since 2003. Beth posted a career-best 12th place finish at the MIAC Championships (23:01.9), and finished a career-best 16th at the NCAA Central Region Championships (23:00.5). She closed out her cross country career with a team-leading 56th (22:24.5) place finish at the NCAA Championships. Hauer will graduate a three-time All-Conference and three-time All-Region performer.
In track in field, Hauer was a workhorse who consistently scored points at the MIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. This season at the MIAC indoor meet, she finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run (18:21.93) and eighth in the 3,000-meter (10:40.01). At the outdoor meet, Hauer went fifth in the 10,000-meter (37:56.51) and seventh in the 5,000-meter (18:36.03). Over her track career, Beth was a seven-time All-MIAC Honorable Mention runner.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Hauer and Voss are two of four women athletes from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to earn a place on the All-District Six Team.