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Bethany’s Prato Voted Capital One Academic All-District II in Track

May 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Following a record-breaking season on the track, Bethany College junior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) was voted Capital One First Team Academic All-District II by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in recognition of her academic and athletic achievements.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 III institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia make up District II.

With her selection to the All-District team, Prato advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where First-, Second- and Third-Team All-America honorees will be selected in late June. She is the fifth Bison student-athlete to earn Academic All-District accolades this year, joining football player Johnathan Foster (Cumblerland, Md./Fort Hill), volleyball players Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) and women’s basketball player Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley). Foster and Zavatchen went on to earn First Team Academic All-American honors.

7536Prato12.jpg Prato has established herself as one of the top sprinters in the PAC. The 2012 conference champion in the 100, she earned Second Team All-PAC in the event this spring. Prato did anchor the 4x100 relay to a PAC championship with a school record time of 48.86 seconds. The junior sprinter qualified for ECAC Championships in three events, including the 100, 200 and 4x100 and she led the relay to an eighth place showing at the ECAC meet, as the team bettered their previous school record mark with a time of 48.80 seconds.

Just as accomplished in the classroom, Prato carries better than a 3.7 GPA as a pre-physical therapy major. She holds numerous leadership positions on campus, including President of the Psychology Club, Vice President of Zeta Tau Alpha, Secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Treasurer of the Student Alumni Association. Prato is also heavily engaged in volunteer work, donating her time to the Wheeling Soup Kitchen, Relay for Life, the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics, as well as local women’s shelters and animal shelters.

Paige is the daughter of John & Sylvia Prato of Gibsonia, Pa.