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Kurgat Highlights USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees

February 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ednah Kurgat is the Lady Flames' first USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team member since Jennifer Klugh in 2012.

Ednah Kurgat is the Lady Flames' first USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team member since Jennifer Klugh in 2012.

Liberty freshman Ednah Kurgat earned a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team on Friday. Additionally, both the Flames and Lady Flames were recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for their overall academic success.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 25 (or top 10 percent) in 2015.

Kurgat met the criteria with flying colors, becoming the first Lady Flame to earn this honor since Jennifer Klugh did so for three consecutive years (2010-12). Kurgat, a biology major with a 3.30 GPA, recorded the best finishes in program history at both the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships (second place) and the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships (12th place). The latter performance made her Liberty's first-ever NCAA Division I women's cross country All-American.

Coached by Brant Tolsma, the Liberty men's cross country team owns a cumulative GPA of 3.19. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames check in at 3.44. Both squads exceeded the standard of 3.0 to qualify as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.