CU Buffs’ Sage Hurta honored as Co-Pac-12 NCAA Woman of the Year

The University of Colorado track and field alum Sage Hurta was named a Co-Pac-12 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee along with USC’s Anna Cockrell after receiving the conference’s NCAA Woman of the Year nomination Friday morning.

Hurta originally was the only Pac-12 nominee on the NCAA Woman of the Year list Monday, but after an error with the NCAA she was put as the NCAA Woman of the Year nominee while Cockrell was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year. After the SWAs and school SIDs met they decided to honor both women as Co-Pac-12 Women of the Year.

Hurta becomes one of the Pac-12’s candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. She joins Kaitlyn Benner as the only CU woman to be named to the honor of Pac-12 Woman of the Year.

The award, which is in its 31st year, honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes. In total, 535 student-athletes were nominated across the three NCAA Divisions and 24 sports with an average GPA of 3.7. The list has been cut down to 153 women across the three NCAA Divisions, including 57 from NCAA Division I.

Hurta left a mark on the Buffs program with an individual national title (2021 Mile), relay national title (2017 DMR) and team NCAA Championships. She joins Dani Jones as the only CU athletes to do so. Hurta was also a seven-time All-American, including becoming only the second women’s four-time cross country All-American at CU.


On top of her achievements on the track and cross country course, Hurta is a three-time Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning a second-team honor in 2019 and a first team honor in 2020 and 2021. She was named the 2019 Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and only missed earning an A in a class once while earning a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She became the seventh Buff to earn a third Academic All-America honor in school history.