NEW ORLEANS – University of Alaska Anchorage senior Caroline Kurgat added to her prodigious trophy case Monday as the distance star swept the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association’s Women’s Outdoor and Indoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year awards.

Monday’s haul gave Kurgat her third and fourth career USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, having earned it for women’s outdoor track & field in 2018 and women’s cross country in 2017.

The Eldoret, Kenya, native finished claimed four national titles in her final seasons of track & field, winning the 3,000 and 5,000 at the indoor championships and the 5,000 and 10,000 at the outdoor meet, along with anchoring the indoor medley relay team to a runner-up finish. She also set NCAA Div. II records in the indoor 3K and 5K, and the outdoor 10K. In the classroom, the nursing major compiled a 3.47 grade-point average and recently earned her second straight Google Cloud First Team Academic All-America award.

Both the men’s and women’s teams earned All-Academic team awards from the USTFCCCA for the 11th straight year as well. The women’s team finished with a cumulative grade point average of 3.47 and the men posted a 3.17.

UAA had four men (freshman Drew Johnson, senior Edwin Kangogo, sophomore Felix Kemboi and sophomore David Sramek) and five women (sophomore Ruth Cvancara, junior Chrisalyn Johnson, Kurgat, senior Danielle McCormick and junior Marie Ries) earn individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, too. To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.