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Ednah Kurgat - Cross Country - University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Ednah Kurgat




Eldoret, Kenya

Previous School

Liberty University

2019 XC: Placed ninth at the NCAA Championships after finishing the 6K race in 20:18.4 … runner-up  at the NCAA Mountain Regional with a time of 19:55.9 … runner-up at the MW Championships after running 20:00.2 … placed fifth at the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational, posting a time of 16:23.81 … finished 18th overall with a time of 20:22.1 at the Nuttycombe Invitational … named All-American for the third time as a Lobo … earned All-Mountain West Cross Country First Team … earned USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Region.

2018 XC: Finished third at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, completing the 6K race in 19:38.8 … finished second in the women’s White race of the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals with a time of 19:45.5 … was runner-up at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, crossing the line at 20:07.4 … placed second at the NCAA Mountain Regional and earned USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Region with a time of 19:31.7… placed fifth at the NCAA National Championship with a time of 19:55.8, contributing to the team’s second place finish at the championship … earned her second All-American honors.
2019 Indoors: Competed in three meets during the season…  broke her own school and MW 5000-meter record at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener at Boston University with a time of 15:14.78 … was part of the distance relay medley that ranked seventh in program history with a time of 11:18.98 at the Mountain West Championships on Feb. 21 … named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Women’s Athlete of the Week on Dec. 4 … named the Mountain West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11 … named to the Bowerman Preseason Watch List … finished fourth in the 5000-meter final at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship to earn first team All-America after running 15:39.031 … posted a time of 9:11.80 for a ninth-place finish in the 3000-meter final of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, finishing with a second team all-America honor.
2019 Outdoors: Competed in six meets … earned Second Team All-American after finishing ninth in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Championships with a time of 33:34.67 … posted the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA heading in to the postseason with a time of 32:14.27 that she ran on March 29 at the Stanford Invitational to open the outdoor season … qualified for the NCAA Championships with a second-place result at the NCAA West Prelims, running 33:40.59 … ran the fourth-best time in the 5000 in the regular season with a 15:32.70 that she ran at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 2 … ran the 1500-meter invitational run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in 4:18.61 … runner-up in the 5000-meter at the MW Championships with a final time of 15:50.93.

2017 XC: Registered one of the best single seasons in program history, earning the team’s first-ever individual NCAA title in cross country as she went undefeated over five meets … made her New Mexico debut at the Notre Dame Invitational, winning the five-kilometer race in a course-record 16:01.8 … followed that up with a win at the Wisconsin Invitational, running 19:23.2 over 6K to help UNM to the team win … captured the Mountain West title in 19:58.77, earning All-MW and MW Female Athlete of the Year honors … continued to roll at the NCAA Mountain Regional, cruising to a win in 20:01.4 … earned USTFCCCA Mountain Regional Female Athlete of the Year for her win … won the program’s first-ever individual crown in cross country at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, running a meet-record 19:19.42 over the 6K course … for her efforts, she was named USTFCCCA Women’s National Athlete of the Year and earned the Honda Sport Award winner for cross country.
2018 Indoors: Competed in five meets, including the Mountain West Championships … opened the season she competed in the 5000 at the BU Season Opener where she set a UNM record (15:19.03*)… set another UNM record for the second consecutive year in a race at the Husky Classic in the 3000 (8:57.47) where she placed first … competed in both the 3000 and the mile at the Mountain West Championships, won the 3000 (4:41.30*) and placed third in the mile (4:40.30*) … helped her team place second in the DMR (10:57.77*) setting a UNM record, she ran the 1600 meter-leg with a time of 4:35.6 …competed in both the 3000 and the 5000 at the NCAA Championships, placed eighth in the 3000 (9:03.81) and placed second in the 5000 (15:47.46)
2018 Outdoors: Ran in four meets, including the NCAA Championships … placed seventh in her first meet of the season at the Payton Jordan Invitational, she ran in the 5000 (15:20.06) and set a UNM record… ran in the 10,000 at the Mountain West Championships where she placed first (32:31.55)… first ran in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 5000 (15:25.25) placing second, and moved on to run a 15:46.31 placing sixth at the NCAA Championships.

2017 Indoors & Outdoors: Redshirt season after transferring from Liberty … competed at three meets unattached, running 4:39.95* in the mile at the Cherry & Silver Invitational and 8:59.84* in the 3000 at the Don Kirby Invitational.

2016 Indoors: Ran at three meets, including the NCAA Championships … kicked off her season at the Husky Classic, running 15:47.89 to place fourth overall … won the mile and 3000 at the Big South Championships, clocking in at 4:50.82 and 9:32.67, respectively … finished ninth in the 5000 at the NCAA Championships, running 16:07.18
2016 Outdoors: Competed at four meets, advancing to the finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon … opened her season at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing ninth in the 5000 with a time of 15:48.63 … won the Big South title in the 10,000 at the Big South Championships, running 37:32.96 … advanced through the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 5000, running 16:12.71 to place fourth … captured fourth place and All-American honors in the 5000 at the NCAA Championships, running 16:02.91
2015 Indoors: Saw action at five meets … opened at the Hokie Invitational, running 9:44.26 in the 3000 to place fourth … won the 5000 (16:28.29) and took second in the 3000 (9:45.57) at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup … placed second in the mile at the Samford Invitational (4;54.15) … won the 3000 at the Big South Championships with a time of 9:52.27, while also placing third in the mile (4:55.67) … took third in the 5000 (16:39.30) at the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
2015 Outdoors: Competed at six meets, including the opening round of the NCAA Championships … made her season debut at the Raleigh Relays, running 34:38.75 in the 10,000 to place sixth …clocked a runner-up time of 16:49.00 in the 5000 at the Duke Invitational … took second in the 1500 at the Radford Highlander Invitational, running 4:33.85 … posted a season best in the 5000 at the Jesse Owens Classic, running 16:34.74 to place fifth … second-place finisher in the 5000 and 10,000 at the Big South Championships, running 17:01.12 and 35:10.16, respectively … advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, placing 32nd in the 10,000 (35:45.87).

Graduated from Biwott Ng’Elel Tarit Secondary School

Daughter of Kipsang and Pauline Kurgat … birthday is June 15.


  • NCAA Cross Country National Champion: 2017 (individual and team)
  • USTFCCCA Women’s National Athlete of the Year: 2017
  • USTFCCCA First-Team All-American: 2015 (Liberty), 2017 (UNM), 2018 (UNM), 2019 (UNM)
  • USTFCCCA Mountain Region Female Athlete of the Year: 2017
  • USTFCCCA All-Mountain Region: 2017
  • First-Team All-Mountain West: 2017
  • Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year: 2017
  • Big South Freshman of the Year: 2015 (Liberty)
  • USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week: 10/2/17, 10/16/17
  • Mountain West Athlete of the Week: 10/2/17, 10/16/17


  • All-Mountain West Indoor Team: 2018 (Mile, DMR), 2019 (DMR)
  • All-Mountain West Outdoor Team: 2018 (10,000), 2019 (5000)
  • Mountain West Champions: 2018 (10,000)
  • First Team All-American: 2019 (5000 indoor), 2018 (5000 outdoor, 5000 indoor, 3000)
  • Second Team All-American: 2019 (3000; 10,000)

* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol