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Carolyn Bethel
Carolyn Bethel
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
High School: Hidden Valley High School
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Plans to major in Exercise Science and eventually become a coach.

2013 Cross Country: Had a strong freshman campaign competing in all but one meet for the Lumberjacks... Top finish came at the Big Sky Championships where she finished 11th with a time of 17:26.4... Garnered a 14th place finish at the George Kyte Classic... Finished 16th at the Cowboy Jamboree.

High School: Was a highly decorated three sport athlete lettering in cross country, indoor and outdoor track...Won a total of four team Virginia state championships (Two cross country, two outdoor track)...Helped team to a third place finish in the 4x1600 at the 2011 Penn Relays...Helped team to a fifth place finish at the 2011 DMR Indoor Track Nationals in 2011...Back to back individual cross country state championships in 2011 and 2012...2012 indoor 1600m state champion...2013 indoor 1000m state champion...2013 outdoor state champion in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m.

Holds school records for:300m-42, 500m-1:15, 800m-2:11, 1000m-2:47(Ninth fastest all time in US), 1600m-4:50, 3200m-10:38, and the 5000m-17:06.

Personal: Born to David and Karen Bethel on March 22, 1995...Also considered University of Virginia, Syracuse University, and N.C. State before choosing NAU...Chose NAU because of the elevation training, high school coach's alma mater and because she loved the team.