July 19, 2019

Meet Natalie Bettez - Tufts Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

Natalie Bettez, Tufts Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

Natalie Bettez, a 2019 graduate of Tufts University and a member of the Jumbo cross country and track teams, finished her four years with a near-perfect grade point average as a dual major in biochemistry and Spanish.

In October, she recorded an athletic accomplishment that was almost as impressive when she became the first Tufts' runner in 37 years to win the all-divisions New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship (NEIAAA) women's cross country race.

The combination of these academic and athletic feats makes Bettez a great representative of both Tufts and the NESCAC.

In April she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, which honors academic excellence in a wide array of disciplines, intellectual commitment, exceptional originality and achievement in a particular area, and the quality of mind characteristic of a true scholar. In June she was selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Bettez was also a NESCAC All-Academic Team member nine times (three years in all three seasons). A Jumbo cross country team captain, she will attend Tufts University School of Medicine beginning July 2019.

She was also the runner-up in NESCAC Cross Country Championship to earn all-conference for the third time in her career. In track, she placed fifth at the 2019 conference meet in the 10,000 meters.

"When I came and did my visit at Tufts, and I think within 10 minutes of arriving here and meeting the team I made my decision to come," Bettez said. "There were a lot of opportunities that I've had by coming to Tufts that I wouldn't have had if I went to some other schools. It has really worked out for the best."