Kurtenbach and Dobbs secure CoSIDA Academic All-District status

Michelle Dobbs and Khia Kurtenbach
Michelle Dobbs and Khia Kurtenbach

CoSIDA Academic All-District

CHICAGO – University of Chicago runners Michelle Dobbs and Khia Kurtenbach earned spots on the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women's Track/Cross Country Teams on Thursday.

It marked the second-straight year that Dobbs has been feted for the All-District honor. She was previously named 2016 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American. The senior is part of the women's 4x400-meter relay that qualified for the outdoor NCAA Division III Championships and is the fifth seed with a time of 3:48.02.

Over the course of her career, Dobbs has earned seven track and field All-American awards and was the 2016 NCAA Champion in the indoor 800 meters. She is also a 10-time University Athletic Association (UAA) track champion. A computer science major, Dobbs' success in the classroom resulted in being named to the UAA All-Academic Team in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Kurtenbach earned her first career Academic All-District accolade. Her junior season has featured three All-American awards in 2016-17. She finished 10th nationally in cross country, fifth in the indoor 5,000 meters and sixth in the indoor 3,000 meters. Kurtenbach was the 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional champion & USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year.

In the past two seasons, Kurtenbach is a seven-time All-American (five in track and field, two in cross country). She has accounted for four UAA track and field championships. As a molecular engineering and biology double major, Kurtenbach has made the UAA All-Academic Team twice (2016 and 2017).

Academic All-District student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Academic All-Americans are scheduled to be announced on June 21.