NEW ORLEANS – Caroline Kurgat of the University of Alaska Anchorage was named the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year Thursday.
Kurgat was also named the USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year in cross country in the fall of 2017.
Kurgat, a senior nursing and medical lab technologies major, finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.52 to win the Women’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. She won both the 5,000 (16:22.62) and 10,000 (34:13.80) at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late May.
Both the men’s and women’s teams earned All-Academic team honors from the USTFCCCA for the 10th-straight year. The women’s team finished with a cumulative grade point average of 3.47 and the men posted a 3.18 cumulative grade point average.
UAA had five men and seven women earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCA. To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.