PORTLAND, Ore. - A historic 10,000-meter performance by Alaska Anchorage’s Caroline Kurgat helped her earn the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Kurgat, the 2017 NCAA Div. II cross country national champion, recorded the second-fastest 10K time in Div. II history and 11th best in the world this season, clocking an NCAA Championships automatic qualifying time of 32 minutes, 33.24 seconds on Friday. She garnered the time at the Cobb Track and Angell Field at the Stanford Invite. Only Cal State Los Angeles’ Sylvia Mosqueda ran a faster time in Div. II history (32:28.57, 1988).
Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, used a 5:14-minute mile pace to cover roughly 6.2 miles to finish seventh out of 29 competitors. She was the only DII athlete in the field, competing against professional and DI athletes. Her time set a new UAA and GNAC record, previously held by Joyce Chelimo (33:14.41, 2016).
She earned her second consecutive Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honor in as many meets. Kurgat redshirted the 2017 outdoor and 2018 indoor track and field seasons, with her cross country national title sandwiched in between. This is the sixth GNAC weekly award she has won (four – cross country, two – outdoor track and field).
The Seawolves will return to competition, Apr. 19 at both the Mount SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational in Calif.
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