Khia Kurtenbach Named USTFCCCA Women’s National Athlete of the Year in Cross Country

Khia Kurtenbach
Khia Kurtenbach

USTFCCCA National Award Winners

CHICAGO – In the wake of her national title triumph, University of Chicago's Khia Kurtenbach was selected as the Women's National Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Kurtenbach was victorious in the NCAA Division III Championship meet on Nov. 18 – she crossed the finish line in the women's 6K cross country race in a time of 20:39.20. The senior became UChicago's second national champion in women's cross country, joining Rhaina Echols (1999). It also marked the third-straight All-American honor of her career in cross country.

Over the course of seven races this season, Kurtenbach won four times – the Illinois Intercollegiates, the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, the NCAA Midwest Regional and the NCAA Division III Championship. Her average winning margin was 7.6 seconds.

Kurtenbach also placed second at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Invite, second at the Principia College Cowbell Classic and third at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Vic Godfrey Open.