NEW ORLEANS - The accolades continue to accumulate for Alaska Anchorage's Caroline Kurgat as she was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Div. II Runner of the Week Tuesday.
Kurgat, who went off and posted the all-time, all-conditions NCAA Division II best in the 3000 after posting a 9:07.05 at the UW Indoor Preview this past weekend.
The performance placed Kurgat third overall at the meet behind two professional athletes and is the best mark across all collegiate divisions so far this season and is currently fourth in the world.
It was the opening meet of the year for the senior and her first time racing in more than seven months as she was out of cross country eligibility this previous fall. She was quite successful during her last collegiate season, though, as she swept both the 5000 and 10,000 at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
This is the first time that Kurgat has been named a National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. It is the second time that the Seawolves have been honored indoors (Joyce Chelimo was tabbed NAOTW back in 2016).