Former Jefferson County track standout Abby Bateman has been honored nationally for her academic achievements.

Bateman, who graduated from Jeff County in 2016 and attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team. 47 members made the team, and Bateman was one of 17 members with a perfect 4.0 GPA. It was the second straight year Bateman made the team. Bateman was also named to the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference Team for the third consecutive year.

Earlier in the year, Bateman was honored by UTC with the Dayle May Award.

The award goes to the UTC Student-Athlete with the highest GPA.

“I have always taken academics really seriously, even since high school, so it’s really important to me that it was above athletics because that is something that is lasting whereas athletics eventually will come to an end,” Bateman said. “I am really glad and honored that I got those awards because it was always important to me that I worked hard in the classroom as well as on the track.”

Bateman graduated in May with a BS in business, majoring in sales and marketing.

Because of a redshirt year her freshman year in cross country and a year of eligibility left in outdoor track because of COVID-19, Bateman has signed to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL for her final season.

She will run both cross country and outdoor track there while also pursuing her MBA.

“It was really disappointing (to have her senior outdoor season cancelled) because I was having a really good indoor season, and I was really hopeful for my last senior year of outdoor,” Bateman said. “I was excited and ready for that and ready to close that book. Or I at least was thinking that I was ready.

“At first, all of this was a big shock because I thought I was actually done and looking to move forward. But the more I thought about it, I realized I had some seasons left so I should use them while I can and push me to go get my MBA and use those seasons. Now, I am really excited to use that because I think at the end of the day I would have regretted not finishing what I started.”

When looking for a school to transfer to for this final year, Bateman set her sights on somewhere out of state. And, moving to the state of Florida where it is warm year round didn’t sound like a bad option to her.

“First off, I was wanting to go somewhere new, just out of the state, so I reached out to schools that were away,” Bateman said. “I like the Florida area because the beach and everything. Talking to the coach, she was something that I really liked about the school, and they have a good masters program. It was also late in the recruiting process because a lot of people had already signed at that point, so it was really great that they still had athletic scholarships and that I would get to use my cross country eligibility and be somewhere where it is warm year round.”

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughtout the U.S. and fall sports are in jeopardy of happening, Bateman is still preparing for her final cross country season like normal, knowing that she will be running at some point whether it will be in the fall or the spring.

“Our coach gave us workouts, so I have just been doing those,” Bateman said. “I run every single day. I have just tried to keep in shape from what I even had in the spring because I was in full track shape then. Now, I am trying to transition to that cross country shape and do more mileage and get myself prepared. I am hopeful that since it is not a contact sport, we will be racing. I am just preparing like we will. If not, I am preparing that I will at least have my track season. I know at the end of the day that I am going to be running at some point, so I need to keep in shape.”

Former Jefferson County track standout Abby Bateman has been honored nationally for her academic achievements.

Bateman, who graduated from Jeff County in 2016 and attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team. 47 members made the team, and Bateman was one of 17 members with a perfect 4.0 GPA. It was the second straight year Bateman made the team. Bateman was also named to the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference Team for the third consecutive year.

Earlier in the year, Bateman was honored by UTC with the Dayle May Award.

The award goes to the UTC Student-Athlete with the highest GPA.

“I have always taken academics really seriously, even since high school, so it’s really important to me that it was above athletics because that is something that is lasting whereas athletics eventually will come to an end,” Bateman said. “I am really glad and honored that I got those awards because it was always important to me that I worked hard in the classroom as well as on the track.”

Bateman graduated in May with a BS in business, majoring in sales and marketing.

Because of a redshirt year her freshman year in cross country and a year of elgibility left in outdoor track because of COVID-19, Bateman has signed to attend Palm Beach Atlantic Univerisy in West Palm Beach, FL for her final season.

She will run both cross country and outdoor track there while also pursuing her MBA.

“It was really disappointing (to have her senior outdoor season cancelled) because I was having a really good indoor season, and I was really hopeful for my last senior year of outdoor,” Bateman said. “I was excited and ready for that and ready to close that book. Or I at least was thinking that I was ready.

“At first, all of this was a big shock because I thought I was actually done and looking to move forward. But the more I thought about it, I realized I had some seasons left so I should use them while I can and push me to go get my MBA and use those seasons. Now, I am really excited to use that because I think at the end of the day I would have regretted not finishing what I started.”

When looking for a school to transfer to for this final year, Bateman set her sights on somewhere out of state. And, moving to the state of Florida where it is warm year round didn’t sound like a bad option to her.

“First off, I was wanting to go somewhere new, just out of the state, so I reached out to schools that were away,” Bateman said. “I like the Florida area because the beach and everything. Talking to the coach, she was something that I really liked about the school, and they have a good masters program. It was also late in the recruiting process because a lot of people had already signed at that point, so it was really great that they still had athletic scholarships and that I would get to use my cross country eligibility and be somewhere where it is warm year round.”

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughtout the U.S. and fall sports are in jeopardy of happening, Bateman is still preparing for her final cross country season like normal, knowing that she will be running at some point whether it will be in the fall or the spring.

“Our coach gave us workouts, so I have just been doing those,” Bateman said. “I run every single day. I have just tried to keep in shape from what I even had in the spring because I was in full track shape then. Now, I am trying to transition to that cross country shape and do more mileage and get myself prepared. I am hopeful that since it is not a contact sport, we will be racing. I am just preparing like we will. If not, I am preparing that I will at least have my track season. I know at the end of the day that I am going to be running at some point, so I need to keep in shape.”