NEW ORLEANS - Senior Caroline Kurgat of Alaska Anchorage was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Track Athlete of the Year Wednesday.
Kurgat, a redshirt senior from Eldoret, Kenya, led the nation in individual scoring with 22 points at the NCAA Championships which included two national crowns of her own. She won both the 3000 (9:15.45) and the 5000 (16:06.37) with championship record-setting performances. To go on top of that, Kurgat also ran a leg of the Alaska Anchorage DMR team which placed second overall.
The NCAA showing was just the icing on the cake for an incredible season that saw the redshirt senior post the fastest all-conditions time ran in NCAA DII-history in the 5000 (15:28.46 on an oversized track) at the Washington Invitational and the best all-conditions time in the 3000 (9:07.05 on an oversized track) at the Washington Indoor Preview. Kurgat was also the GNAC champion in the mile, 3000 and as part of the DMR.
She is the first athlete in Seawolves history to earn the National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year award.