Balmer and Rainey earn USTFCCCA all-academic recognition

NEW ORLEANS - Katie Balmer and Hope Rainey of the Haverford College women's track & field team have merited inclusion to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) 2013 Division III All-Academic Track & Field team.

A total of 363 women from 123 institutions earned USTFCCCA all-academic recognition for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom.

Balmer just missed All-American honors with a ninth-place finish of 5 minutes, 00.98 seconds in the mile at the NCAA D-III women's indoor track & field championships this past March. The rising junior set a new program mark (4:55.85) during the mile's preliminaries on her way to qualifying for the final.

A career-best performance of 11:09.60 at the Tuppeny Twilight Last Chance Meet on May 14 moved Rainey, a rising senior, into 27th on the final national performance list in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Rainey had claimed the Centennial Conference title in the steeplechase a week earlier with another career-best time as the Fords took the top three spots in the event.

The women's track & field squad was also recognized as Haverford was one of six programs in the Centennial, and 148 overall, to earn USTFCCCA 2013 all-academic status. Teams must attain a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or higher to garner the national academic award.