NEW ORLEANS, La. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association revealed three All-Americans from the University of Alaska Anchorage cross country teams, Monday.
The Seawolves, who received the honors following Saturday’s NCAA Div. II National Championships, were seniors Caroline Kurgat, Edwin Kangogo, and junior Zennah Jepchumba.
Kurgat, a nursing and medical laboratory science major from Eldoret, Kenya, won the first individual national title in women’s program history and became a three-time All-American. She covered the six-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 32.3 seconds, defeating runner-up Sarah Berger of Walsh University (20:52.1) by nearly 20 seconds. Kurgat was named an All-American in 2015 (sixth) and 2016 (third).
Kangogo was the lone Seawolf competing for the men’s team, but he made the most of it. He became a three-time All-American like Kurgat, finishing 19th with a 10K time of 31:32.5. The athlete from Eldoret, Kenya was the fastest Great Northwest Athletic Conference performer. Kangogo earned All-America status in 2015 (30th) and 2016 (34th).
Jepchumba became an All-America recipient for the first time after placing 32nd with a six-kilometer time of 21:38.4. She is also seeking a nursing and medical laboratory science degree and hails from Eldoret. All three student-athletes were among a program-best 11 total Seawolves named to the GNAC Cross Country All-Academic Team, Nov. 10.
The UAA cross country programs have now combined for 40 All-Americans in school history. Both teams featured at least one All-American and have combined for a minimum of three a season, dating back to 2008. Four-time All-American Micah Chelimo is the lone national individual champion for the men (2012).
Only athletes that compete for USTFCCCA member institutions and finish in the top 40 at nationals for both genders are eligible to earn All-America status.
Full list of All-Americans can be found here: http://bit.ly/2jHyfzZ
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