Hurta Honored As Co-Pac-12 NCAA Woman Of The Year
SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Colorado track and field alum Sage Hurta was named a Co-Pac-12 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee along with USC's Anna Cockrell after receiving the conference's NCAA Woman of the Year nomination Friday morning.
Hurta becomes one of the Pac-12's candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. She joins Kaitlyn Benner as the only CU woman to be named to the honor of Pac-12 Woman of the Year.
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. The list has been cut down to 153 women across the three NCAA Divisions, including 57 from NCAA Division I.
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 three-time Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning a second-team honor in 2019 and a first team honor in 2020 and 2021. 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 became the seventh Buff to earn a third Academic All-America honor in school history.
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.
The Woman of the Year Selection Committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will now choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division — from the conference-level nominees. The Top 30 honorees will be announced in September. The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30, and the nine finalists will be announced this fall. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year.