Hurta and Nichols Honored By Sportswomen of Colorado
DENVER — The Sportswomen of Colorado will honor Sage Hurta and Abby Nichols this March for their outstanding 2021 performances while representing the University of Colorado.
Hurta earned her award as a member of the track and field team before turning professional in June. Nichols was selected for her performance as a member of the cross country team.
Sage Hurta, Track & Field
Hurta became the second woman in CU history to be named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year after she won the 2021 NCAA Mile National Champion and earned her second Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team honor. Hurta's three total Academic All-America honors tied her with six other Buffaloes to accomplish the achievement.
She finished her career with a national runner-up finish in the 1,500-meter as the NCAA Outdoor Championships, giving her seven total All-America finishes including becoming the second-ever four-time cross country All-American for CU women. Hurta turned pro following the NCAA Championships and raced in the 800-meter run at the 2020 USATF Olympic Trials.
Abby Nichols, Cross Country
Nichols led Colorado in four of its five varsity races, winning two of those. She won the NCAA Pre-National Invitational on October 15 and followed it up with a win at the Pac-12 Championship, becoming the second female Buff to win the prestigious title. With the conference win, she helped the Buffaloes win the team title as they defeated the runner-up, Utah, 24-52. Nichols placed third at regionals and was eighth at the NCAA Championships, earning her second consecutive All-America honor. Colorado finished fourth as a team.
During the season she was named the USTFCCCA Female Athlete of the Week (after winning the Pac-12 title) and she was honored by the Pac-12 as the Pac-12 Women's Athlete of the Year. She was also named to the Pac-12 First Team and was an all-region honoree.
The 48th Annual Awards Celebration will be held March 13 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. For more information on the event, click here.