Hurta Named NCAA Woman Of The Year Nominee
BOULDER – Colorado track and field alum Sage Hurta has been named the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for the University of Colorado.
The award, which is in its 31st year, honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes. In total, 535 student-athletes were nominated across the three NCAA Divisions and 24 sports with an average GPA of 3.7.
Hurta left a mark on the Buffs program with an individual national title (2021 Mile), relay national title (2017 DMR) and team NCAA Championships. She joins Dani Jones as the only CU athletes to do so. Hurta was also a seven-time All-American, including becoming only the second women's four-time cross country All-American at CU.
On top of her achievements on the track and cross country course, Hurta is a two-time Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning a second-team honor in 2019 and a first team honor in 2020. She was named the 2019 Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and only missed earning an A in a class once while earning a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team this week and is in the running to become the seventh Buff to earn a third Academic All-America honor.
Hurta was also named the 2019 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in cross country. Outside of athletics, Hurta assisted the community while working with Read with the Buffs, Holiday Angel Tree, Girls on the Run and Elementary Exercise Outreach.
Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school's primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.