ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Caroline Kurgat of Alaska Anchorage was named the West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association and several student-athletes were honored by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for academics Friday.

Kurgat, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, broke the NCAA DII all-time record in the 10,000 this season when she ran 32:08.09 at the Stanford Invitational. She also notched an all-time mark in the 5000 at the Bryan Clay Invitational when she went 15:40.45 for the third fastest time in NCAA DII history. Kurgat, who is understandably No. 1 in both the 5,000 and 10,000, is also ranked second nationally in the 1500 at 4:19.48.

UAA had four men and 12 women earn All-GNAC Academic Honors from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Selections to the GNAC All-Academic Teams must be of sophomore standing or greater, have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and be in their second season of competition at the nominating institution. The GNAC Track and Field All-Academic Team includes student-athletes from both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Chris Brake, Geomatics, Jr., 3.25, Nelson, New Zealand
Edwin Kangogo, Management Information Systems, Sr., 3.52, Eldoret, Kenya
Felix Kemboi, Pre-Major Nursing Science, So., 3.62, Eldoret, Kenya
David Sramek, Journalism & Public Communications, Jr., 3.71, Klatovy, Czech Republic

Vanessa Aniteye, Pre-Major Health Science, Jr., Norderstedt, Germany
Riley Burroughs, Nursing Science/Psychology, Jr., 3.56, Wasilla, Alaska
Kimberly Coscia, Justice, Jr., 3.55, Torrance, Calif.
Ruth Cvancara, Pre-Major Nursing Science/Physical Education, So., 3.95, Anchorage, Alaska
Grace Gannon, Psychology, So., 4.00, Anchorage, Alaska
Arielle Himelbloom, Pre-Major Health Science, So., 3.45, Kodiak, Alaska  
Yvonne Jeschke, Physical Education, Sr., 4.00, Au am Rhein, Germany
Chrisalyn Johnson, Mechanical Engineering, Jr., 3.54, Anchorage, Alaska
Yemi Knight, Environment & Society Sr., 3.76, St. Michael, Barbados
Caroline Kurgat, Medical Laboratory Science/Nursing, Sr., 3.47, Eldoret, Kenya
Danielle McCormick, Natural Science, Sr., 3.63, Soldotna, Alaska
Marie Ries, Journalism & Public Communication/English, Jr., 4.00, Wenden, Germany