PORTLAND, Ore. –   Program success on the trails for the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country teams has once again translated to high marks in the classroom, as a program-best 11 Seawolves were named to the 2017 Great Northwest Cross Country All-Academic Team on Friday.  

Eight members of the women’s program made the team, while three men earned the honor. The league announced 103 total student-athletes were named GNAC All-Academic (61 women, 42 men) this season.


Seniors Edwin Kangogo (management information systems major, 3.30 GPA), Mariah Burroughs (justice, 3.43), Caroline Kurgat (nursing and medical laboratory science, 3.51) and Tamara Perez (marketing, 3.47) made the team for the third time.

Juniors Kimberly Coscia (justice, 3.39) and Danielle McCormick (natural sciences, 3.36) became two-time winners.

Making the grade for the first time were Jordyn Block (physical education, 3.80), Riley Burroughs (nursing and psychology, 3.53), Zennah Jepchumba (nursing and medical laboratory science, 3.41), Kaleb Korta (construction management, 3.81) and Taylor Turney (civil engineering, 3.25).

The 11 total Seawolves surpassed the previous mark of nine set in 2002, 2006 and 2016.

To qualify for selection to the GNAC Cross Country All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or better, have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed at the nominating intuition for at least one season.

The No. 4 nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage women and senior All-American Edwin Kangogo will compete at the Div. II NCAA Cross Country Championships, Saturday, Nov. 18 in Evansville, Ind.