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BETHANY’S BODO VOTED FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

June 3 - BETHANY, W.Va. –Bethany graduate Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II Women’s Track & Field team for the third consecutive year, earning First Team accolades as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible, 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 standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division II, III and NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.

Bodo was voted Second Team All-District both as a junior and sophomore, but by being voted First Team Academic All-District this year, she now advances to the national ballot and is eligible for Academic All-American status. If Bodo is recognized nationally, she would become the first Bison track runner to earn that distinction and the 11th Bethany student-athlete to be an Academic All-American. Those teams will be announced on June 24.

Bodo’s exemplary track career came to close this spring with six school records to her credit, including the 100 (12.92), 200 (25.89), 400 (57.52), 800 (2:20.19), 4x100 relay (50.45) and 4x400 relay (4:00.83). She won two PAC titles, which came in the 800 as a freshman and the 4x400 relay as a junior, was recognized as the PAC Runner of the Week three times and raced to nine All-PAC honors during the conference meet. Five of those awards came at this year’s PAC Championships where she was Second Team All-PAC in the 200, 400 and both relays and Honorable Mention in the 100.

All of Bodo’s hard work also paid off for the team accomplishments, as her leadership was instrumental in Bethany winning the PAC Sportsmanship Award for Women’s Track & Field each of the last two years. Her efforts at this year’s PAC Track & Field Championships helped the Bison finish third as a team, their best finish since 1998. Bodo was also a two-year member of the BC cross country teams and last fall, Bethany’s women finished fourth in the team standings, their highest placement since 2006.

Academically, Bodo has a GPA above 3.8 as a communication major. She’s made the Dean’s List nine times and the PAC Academic Honor Roll on five occasions. Bodo is a member of the Bethany Kalon Leadership Society, as well as the Gamma Sigma Kappa Honor Society, served on Bethany’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and on the PAC SAAC. In addition, she was a resident assistant for two years and was the Senior Fellow and earned the award for the highest GPA in Bethany’s Communication department while also working as a student intern in the school’s Office of Communications.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Bodo also helped out in the community delivering Christmas gifts for Angel Tree for Avella Area Schools.

Jodi is the daughter of David Bodo of Steubenville, Ohio.