All-Academic Individuals & Scholar Athletes of the Year – 2018 NCAA DII Women’s Track & Field

NEW ORLEANS – Alicja Konieczek of Western State, Caroline Kurgat of Alaska Anchorage and Kami Norton of Angelo State were named the Women’s Scholar Athletes of the Year in NCAA Division II Track & Field on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these three women were the most exceptional among a group of 405 female athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those athletes who won individual NCAA titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.

Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, hence the four categories.

Konieczek took home the indoor track honors while Kurgat collected the award for track outdoors. Norton became the first Division II field athlete to sweep her respective category during a year as she won both the indoor and outdoor field awards. The last Division II track athlete to sweep indoor and outdoor honors was Carly Muscaro of Merrimack in 2017.

Women’s Indoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Indoor Track
Indoor Field
2018
Alicja Konieczek, Western State
Kami Norton, Angelo State
2017
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack
Natalie O’Keefe, Southwest Baptist
2016
Emily Oren, Hillsdale
Natalie O’Keefe, Southwest Baptist
2015
Amy Cymerman, GVSU
Erika Kinsey, Central Missouri
2014
Danielle Williams, Johnson C. Smith
Erin Alewine, Central Missouri
2013
Helen Crofts, Simon Fraser
Erin Alewine, Central Missouri
2012
Amanda Putt, Hillsdale
Kristen Hixson, GVSU
2011
Shannon Gagne, New Haven
Shannon Gagne, New Haven
2010
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
Darcie Schmitz, Fort Hays State
2009
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
Jenna Schmidt, Central Missouri

Konieczek, a redshirt junior majoring in exercise science, recorded a 3.86 cumulative GPA to win the Women’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Zbaszyn, Poland native won both the mile (4:48.33) and the 3000-meter race (9:29.39) at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. She also helped her DMR team to first place (11:19.98) at the same meet.

She is the first athlete from Western State to be honored as a Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Norton, a senior studying kinesiology, posted a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA to collect the Women’s Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Albany, Texas native won the pentathlon with a total of 3983 points at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Norton posted the top marks in the competition in the shot put and 60 hurdles. She also recorded strong marks in the long jump, 800 and high jump. Outside the pentathlon, she earned First-Team All-America honors in the long jump with an eighth-place finish.

She is the first athlete from Angelo State to be honored as a Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Outdoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Outdoor Track
Outdoor Field
2018
Caroline Kurgat, Alaska Anchorage
Kami Norton, Angelo State
2017
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack
Bethany Drake, Western Washington
2016
Lauren Martin, Adams State
Allie Updike, Azusa Pacific
2015
Emily Oren, Hillsdale
Brittany Kallenberger, Central Missouri
2014
Danielle Williams, Johnson C. Smith
Bethany Drake, Western Washington
2013
Danielle Williams, Johnson C. Smith
Mallory Sanner, Seton Hill
2012
Rachel Patterson, GVSU / Betsy Graney, GVSU / Kristen McGlynn, Adams State
Calista Lyon, Cal State LA
2011
Shannon Gagne, New Haven
Jillisa Grant, New Mexico Highlands
2010
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
Amanda Madden, Northern State
2009
Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene
Linda Rainwater, UC San Diego
2008
Nandelle Cameron, Lincoln (Mo.) / Emma Erickson, South Dakota
Jessica Selby-Tallman, Missouri Southern

Kurgat, a senior nursing and medical lab technologies major, finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.52 to win the Women’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. She won both the 5000 (16:22.62) and 10,000 (34:13.80) at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late May.

Kurgat is the first athlete from Alaska Anchorage to get selected as the Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Norton followed up her strong indoor campaign with another national title during the outdoor season. She won the heptathlon with 5366 points at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Again, Norton was the first athlete from Angelo State to be honored as a Scholar Athlete of the Year as she recorded a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.

All-Academic Individuals

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 405 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2017-18 track & field seasons.

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.

Grand Valley State led all schools with 19 honorees. 26 athletes finished with a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals – NCAA Division II Women’s Track & Field
Name Institution
Beatriz Martinez Mercado Academy of Art University
Swann Phelippeau Academy of Art University
Marion Presigny Academy of Art University
Kaylee Bogina Adams State University
Kianna Bonnet Adams State University
Malakah Martinez Adams State University
Heather Scheetz Adams State University
Jenna Thurman Adams State University
Victoria Major Adelphi University
Charnelle Wray Adelphi University
Taytum Morris Angelo State University
Jordan Nash Angelo State University
Kami Norton Angelo State University
Daisy Osakue Angelo State University
Barbara Rivera Angelo State University
Kristin Wright Angelo State University
Gianna Dipipo Ashland University
Marie Hammer Ashland University
Natalie Helenthal Ashland University
Ellie Jindra Ashland University
Mackenzie Leigh Ashland University
Rachel Miller Ashland University
Cassidy Newburg Ashland University
Romi Smith Ashland University
Megan Tomei Ashland University
Paula Wollenslegel Ashland University
Abigail Jones Assumption College
Claire Boersma Augustana University
Valerie Gildemaster Augustana University
Mackenzie Kelly Augustana University
Carly Rahn Augustana University
Emma Schmidt Augustana University
Avery Selberg Augustana University
Emily Tromp Augustana University
Cyinna Booker Azusa Pacific University
Elise Larson Azusa Pacific University
Olivia Nash Azusa Pacific University
Eileen Stressling Azusa Pacific University
Ki’ana Thomas Azusa Pacific University
Sara Wagenveld Azusa Pacific University
Meagan Warwick Azusa Pacific University
Nicole Warwick Azusa Pacific University
Erin Cron Bellarmine University
Karly Gawarecki Bellarmine University
Bridgette Mangold Bellarmine University
Ashley Reyna-Padilla Bellarmine University
Meghan Roby Bellarmine University
Amanda Schnabel Bellarmine University
Sarah Schuster Bellarmine University
Steph Mattson Bentley University
Araseli Servin California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Hannah Stueve California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Imani Williams California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Sheena Blackwell California State University, Chico
Alex Burkhart California State University, Chico
Megan Farrell California State University, Chico
Alexandria Tucker California State University, Chico
Jenavieve Turner California State University, Chico
Ashlea Maddex California State University, Los Angles
Casie Johnson California State University, San Bernardino
Julie Friend California University of Pennsylvania
Summer Hill California University of Pennsylvania
Jaclyn Reinbold California University of Pennsylvania
Tori Gaul Carson-Newman University
Samantha Gudger Carson-Newman University
Ali Anderson Central Washington University
Halle Irvine Central Washington University
Alexa Shindruk Central Washington University
Nicole Soleim Central Washington University
Sidney Trinidad Central Washington University
Mariyah Vongsaveng Central Washington University
Brooke Williams Central Washington University
Sarah Cerrone Colorado Mesa University
Lauren Lipski Colorado Mesa University
Mekayla Winchester Colorado Mesa University
Courtney Clark Colorado School of Mines
Chloe Cook Colorado School of Mines
Amanda Giles Colorado School of Mines
Molly Reicher Colorado School of Mines
Megan Wenham Colorado School of Mines
Nicole Bouma Colorado State University-Pueblo
Lauren Fairchild Colorado State University-Pueblo
Yasmine Hernandez Colorado State University-Pueblo
Gillian Maness Colorado State University-Pueblo
Jenna McKinley Colorado State University-Pueblo
Nikol Podlacha Colorado State University-Pueblo
Miriam Roberts Colorado State University-Pueblo
Angelique Urenda Colorado State University-Pueblo
Kalle Burney Concordia University, St. Paul
Wakpor Ighovojah Concordia University, St. Paul
Chelsea Bone Concordia University–Portland
Rachel Bring Concordia University–Portland
Tori Johnson Concordia University–Portland
Katrina Linenko Concordia University–Portland
Christina MacDonald Concordia University–Portland
Elizabeth Stottlemyre Concordia University–Portland
Tasha Willing Concordia University–Portland
Betsy Lovett Davenport University
Jasmine Fehr Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Jordan Hauser Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
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Heloise Duffie De Tassigny Flagler College
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