PORTLAND, ORE. - Caroline Kurgat of the Univeristy of the Alaska Anchorage was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year Monday.
Kurgat finished as a double national champion as she won both the 5,000 meters (16:22.62) and 10,000 meters (34:13.80) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She won the 10,000 meters by a 36-second margin and the 5,000 by an 11-second margin. Her season-best time of 32:33.24 in the 10,000 meters was not only a GNAC record, but No. 2 all-time in Division II. Likewise, Kurgat’s best of 15:41.21 in the 5,000 meters is a GNAC record and No. 3 all-time in Division II. Kurgat won both events at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning the 10,000 meters by a 56-second margin with a meet record time of 34:49.33. She also placed second in the 1,500 meters and was selected as the GNAC Championships Female Track Athlete of the Meet.
In addition to the Athlete of the Year, Kurgat was named by the USTFCCCA as it’s West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year. The 2017 NCAA Division II cross country national champion, Kurgat was named the USTFCCCA’s Division II Female Athlete and Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in November.