PORTLAND, Ore. – Rust was certainly not an issue for Alaska Anchorage’s Caroline Kurgat as she was named the GNAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week on Monday, following an impressive performance in the 1,500 meters at Saturday’s Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore.

Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya and 2017 Div. II cross country national champion, competed in her first track competition since Mar. 2017. She redshirted both the 2017 outdoor season and 2018 indoor campaign.

She won Saturday’s 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 26.16 seconds – an NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Her time ranks as the second fastest in the nation and second quickest in UAA outdoor history. The time is also 10th best in GNAC history.

The Seawolves’ outdoor season continues at the San Francisco State Invitational and Stanford Invitational, Mar. 30-31.