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2019 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Track & Field Athlete Academic Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Caroline Kurgat of Alaska Anchorage and Haven Lander of Pittsburg State were honored by the US. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday as Kurgat swept both Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Track Athlete of the Year awards while Lander collected both the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Field Athlete of the Year honors, respectively. 

Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these two women were the most exceptional among a group of 448 athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. 

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

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

Women’s Indoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Track Athlete
Field Athlete
2019
Caroline Kurgat, Alaska Anchorage
Haven Lander, Pittsburg State
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, Grand Valley State
Erica 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, Grand Valley State
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
2008
Sheena Devine, Bemidji State/Katelin Rains, Minnesota State (One award for track & field)
2007
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific (One award for track & field)

Kurgat took the top honor for track as she posted a 3.47 GPA to go with winning the national titles in both the 3000 and 5000 at the indoor championships. The senior – and Eldoret, Kenya native – is the first athlete in program history to earn the Scholar Track Athlete of the Year award during the indoor season.

Lander, as you will continue to read below, was perfect both in the classroom and on the runway this year. The sophomore won the national championship in the pole vault to get her campaign going during the indoor season. The Republic, Missouri, native is the first athlete in program history to be named Indoor Scholar Field Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Outdoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Track Athlete
Field Athlete
2019
Caroline Kurgat, Alaska Anchorage
Haven Lander, Pittsburg State
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, Grand Valley State

Betsy Graney, Grand Valley State

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
2007
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific (One award for track & field)

Kurgat attained a cumulative GPA of 3.47 as she captured her second straight Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. The senior just wrapped up her stellar career with two more championships in both the 5000 and 10,000. The Eldoret, Kenya native is still the only athlete in Seawolf program history to win the award during the outdoor campaign.

Lander was as perfect on the runway as she was in the classroom as the standout student-athlete recorded a perfect 4.00 GPA to go with her national championship at outdoors, giving her a clean sweep in the event at the indoor and outdoor championships. Still just a sophomore, the Republic, Missouri, native is the first in program history to win the Scholar Field Athlete of the Year award during the outdoor season

ALL-ACADEMIC INDIVIDUALS

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 448 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2018-19 track & field seasons. 

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, 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 season.

2019 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals
NCAA Division II Women’s Track & Field

Student-AthleteInstitutionMajor
Sarah SchneiderSlippery RockExercise Science