University of Colorado Colorado Springs junior student-athlete Kayla Wooten used a record-setting performance at home to earn the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week award. Wooten is the first Mountain Lion in program history to be named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week.
Competing in her first race of the season, Wooten set a five-kilometer course record with a time of 18:23.6 at the 11th Annual UCCS Rust Buster Invite at Monument Valley Park Sept. 1. She led all 61 competitors and helped the Mountain Lions to a team win with 34 points.
Wooten was an All-American at the 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and is a three-time indoor All-American between the mile run and distance medley relay.
The Mountain Lions will return to Monument Valley Park Sept. 8 for the Colorado College 6K Invitational.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.