Athens, GA - Georgia junior Kristie Krueger has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Female Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement from the USTFCCCA on Wednesday.
A runner from the Southeastern Conference has now won this honor for three straight years. This award is voted on by the Division I coaches.
Krueger, a native of Argyle, Texas, captured Georgia’s first NCAA South Regional title in school history after winning her 6k race in Hoover, Ala., on Nov. 13. Clocking the first sub-20:00 time of her career, Krueger topped 185 competitors to earn her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships.
This victory for Krueger comes on the heels of her winning only the second SEC individual crown in UGA history on Nov. 1. Krueger, who was a 2010 indoor All-American in the mile, cruised to an 8-second victory and led the Lady Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish at the meet.
In Krueger’s five meets during this season, she has finished in the top 10 in all of them and won three. After opening up the year with a victory at the Georgia Cross Country Invitational at her team’s home course in Bishop, Krueger took ninth at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, which is run on the NCAA Championships course in Terre Haute, Ind.
Krueger will travel Indiana this weekend to compete in the NCAA Championships on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at approximately 12:08 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.
A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1-2:00 p.m. on CBS HD.