CU Buffs’ Sage Hurta, Caleb Penner named to CoSIDA Academic All-District first team

The University of Colorado track and field program had a pair of individuals named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Seven First Team, the association announced Thursday.

The two Buffaloes selected are Sage Hurta and Caleb Penner. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program is the longest-running and most prestigious academic and athletic award for student-athletes. All nominees must have a GPA of 3.30 or above and be a starter or important reserve in their respected sport.

Hurta, a two-time Academic All-American, is a senior with a 3.983 GPA in chemical and biological engineering. She was named the Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal Winner for the CU women and was the 2021 NCAA mile national champion. She is just the second Buff to leave CU with a national title as an individual, relay member and team. In her five years, Hurta only missed earning an A in a class once.

Hurta is looking to become the seventh CU Buff to earn three Academic All-America honors that includes Jenny Barringer and Ben Saarel from the CU track and cross country program.

This is Penner’s first time on the All-District team after graduating with a undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and pursuing his Master’s in the same. Penner received all A’s in his classes, recording just three A- grades in his undergrad to graduate with a 3.985 GPA. He has led the CU men’s athletics in GPA for three years in his undergrad and has a 4.0 in his Master’s. Penner also was named the Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal Winner for the CU men.

Both will automatically be eligible to become an Academic All-American. The District 7 is composed of 12 women and 13 men from Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.