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CU Buffs’ Joe Klecker named Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year

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TERRE HAUTE, WI – NOVEMBER 23: Joe Klecker #526 races during the NCAA cross country championships at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on November 23, 2019, in Terre, Haute. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post)

After finishing second at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championship, University of Colorado senior Joe Klecker has been named the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Scholar Athlete of the Year, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday afternoon.

Klecker is the first athlete from CU to earn this honor and is the fourth Pac-12 athlete to earn the title in the last five years. In addition, he was also selected to the all-academic team for the fourth straight year. The Minnetonka, Minn. native, has recorded a 3.66 GPA while majoring in biochemistry.

On the women’s side, senior Sage Hurta recorded her fourth appearance on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. She has maintained a 3.98 GPA while majoring in chemical and biological engineering. Hurta was the top female at the NCAA Championship, finishing 38th overall for her fourth All-America honor.

The women’s team earned the team academic award after compiling a 3.43 cumulative GPA in the fall. The Buffs were one of 237 teams to record the honor with a GPA greater than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Individual honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and must have finished as an All-American (top 40) or among the 25 finishers (or 10 percent) in their regional meet.