The Sportswomen of Colorado will honor several University of Colorado individuals and teams this March for their outstanding 2019 performances.
Six individuals, Kirsty Hodgkins (golf), Sage Hurta (running), Dani Jones (running), Taylor Kornieck (soccer), Miranda Stinson (lacrosse) and Mikaela Tommy (skiing) were tabbed as award winners in their respective sports. Individual bios for each athlete are listed below:
Kirsty Hodgkins, golf: Hodgkins led CU in three of the five spring tournaments and qualified individually for the NCAA East Lansing Regional. There she finished 14th overall and just missed the cut to advance to the NCAA Championship. She carded a 219 (72-71-76, 3-over), which is tied for the fifth-best score by a Buff at an NCAA Regional. This fall, the senior from Brisbane, Australia has recorded a pair of top-five finishes. She was the runner-up at the Trinity Forest Invitational (67-71-72—210) and tied for second at the Betsy Rawls Invitational (71-67-68—206). All 15 of her rounds have counted towards the team score this fall with eight being even or sub-par rounds.
Sage Hurta, running: Hurta became just the second female in Colorado cross country history to earn All-American status all four years as she finished 38th overall at the NCAA Championships. CU’s top finisher in every race, she was ninth at regionals and 11th at the Pac-12 Championships. A senior from Hamilton, N.Y., she recorded her best race of the campaign at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational, finishing third. In addition to her All-America honor, she was also named to the all-region team and All-Pac-12 Second team. Hurta redshirted the outdoor track season, but set the school record in the 800-meter run at the Music City Distance Festival in June. There she clocked in at 2:00.99, breaking Jenny Simpson’s mark of 2:02.54.
Dani Jones, running: Jones, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., added on to her glorious career with her fourth national championship at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run. She joins five other CU student-athletes that have claimed four national titles, the most in school history. She started the season late and ran in only three races before the title, including her fifth Pac-12 Championship when she qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in the 5,000. She was named the CU Female Athlete of the Year in 2019 and continued her season at the Prefontaine Classic and USA Outdoor Championships. She set a personal best in the 1,500 at the Prefontaine and finished 10th in the 1,500 prelims at the Outdoor Championships.
Taylor Kornieck, soccer: Kornieck, a senior from Henderson, Nev., became the first Colorado soccer player to surpass 100 career points in 2019. She totaled a career-high 12 goals and added six assists on her way to a career-best 30 points. Kornieck helped lead the Buffs back to the NCAA Tournament, her third trip in four years, advancing to the second round against North Carolina. She earned her second consecutive All-American honor (third-team) to go along with first-team All-Region and All-Conference accolades. Kornieck totaled four game-winning goals and five multi-point matches in 2019. She concluded the season with 1.36 points per game, ranking fourth in CU history. Kornieck was also recently selected No. 3 overall by the Orlando Pride in the 2020 NWSL Draft.
Miranda Stinson, lacrosse: Stinson led the team with 64 goals and 16 assists for 80 points. Her 80 points and 64 goals rank second on the CU single-season chart. Nationally, she was 17th in goals and goals per game (3.37), 31st in points and 42nd in points per game (4.21), ninth in shots per game (8.26) and shots on goal per game (6.05) and was 20th in free-position goals per game (1.05). She led the conference in goals, goals per game, free-position goals per game, points, points per game, shots per game and shots on goal per game. Stinson scored eight goals against California (3/10), which was a school record. Of those eight, six were scored in the first half, which was another record for the Buffs. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week three times and was selected to the Tewaaraton Watch List and Top 25 list. The senior from Manakin Sabot, Va. was named the Pac-12 Attacker of the Year after earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team. Stinson was also selected to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team, IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region First Team and to the IWLCA Senior All-Star Team.
Mikaela Tommy, skiing: Tommy, a freshman in 2019 from Wakefield, Quebec, put together one of the more impressive alpine seasons in CU history. She won three straight giant slalom races, becoming the first women’s alpine skier in CU history to win their first three career races in one discipline. She was a two-time first-team All-American, first-team All-RMISA and was named CU’s Outstanding Alpine Woman while being named CU’s top female freshman athlete encompassing all sports. In the classroom, she was the CU Academic Student of the Month and named to the National All-Academic Ski Team for maintaining above a 3.5 grade point average pursuing a degree in Environmental Design. Her three GS wins ranks second in a season in CU history and she also won five runs (each race consists of two runs), the most in CU history for a women’s alpine skier. She finished fifth in the giant slalom and third in the slalom race at the NCAA Championships, helping the Buffs to a third-place showing. She also raced in World Cups between her college races and was ranked as high as the No. 32 skier in the world in giant slalom in 2019.
The 46th Annual Awards Celebration is Sunday, March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. More information on the event can be found at www.sportswomenofcolorado.org/banquet.