An extraordinary year just got better for the University of Alaska Anchorage's Caroline Kurgat.
On Thursday, the junior added to her growing list of awards as she was recognized by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as both its female athlete and scholar-athlete of the year. She'll share the latter with Montana State Billings basketball player Alisha Breen.
Kurgat wrapped up a spectacular 2017 by winning an NCAA Division II cross-country championship. She won every race she ran except for one, and that included Division I competition. There she placed fifth behind four University of San Francisco runners.
She kept the torrid pace going this spring, claiming two more NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. She took the 10,000 by 36 seconds and 5,000 with an 11-second cushion.
The conference awards stamp what's already been a career week for any student-athlete. On Tuesday she was named the Honda Athlete of the Year, a national honor which goes to the best female athletes. She'll receive it during a live broadcast on CBS Sports Network June 25 in Los Angeles.
Kurgat, a nursing and medical laboratory science major, carries a 3.5 GPA. She's also in the running for an academic All-American nod. The announcement for that team comes next week.
Her eligibility for cross country has completed, but she has one year remaining for track and field.
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