NEW ORLEANS, La. – Alaska Anchorage senior All-American Caroline Kurgat continued her impressive season by being named the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) National Athlete of the Week for the third time on Monday.
Kurgat joins select company of three-time winners in a single season, dating back to 2014. Only American International’s Mike Biwott of American International earned the award on three occasions for Division II (2014). Five other runners have earned the award twice in a season during that span.
Kurgat, of Eldoret, Kenya, garnered National Athlete of the Week following her second consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference individual title on Saturday. She covered six kilometers in 20 minutes, 49.42 seconds (5:35 miles), nearly a minute faster than her closest competition.
She was named GNAC Runner of the Year and helped No. 8 Alaska Anchorage win its third straight league title.
The senior was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 5 after a 5th-place performance against Division I runners at the Univ. of San Francisco Invite and on Oct. 9 following her victory at the Conference Crossover. All three of her races have resulted in national recognition.
Kurgat finished third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships a year ago, and sixth in 2015.
She will compete at the West Region Championships on Nov. 4 in Monmouth, Ore. Kurgat looks to challenge for her first West Region individual title.