KASNAS CITY, Mo. -- Senior Kate Grace was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today as the Division I Northeast Region Female Track Athlete of the Year. Grace's undefeated season in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run precipitated the honor; she will challenge to extend her streak beginning on June 8 when she competes in the NCAA National Championship in the 800-meter run.
Grace is one of 73 athletes and coaches chosen by the USTFCCCA to represent the best in their regions. Four athletes from each of the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, South, South Central, Southeast and West regions were honored: two from the track and two from the field.
Only one other female athlete receiving the award will compete against Grace later this week. Lea Wallace, a senior from Sacramento State, ran 2:03.69 in her preliminary and will compete in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run at the National Championship. Wallace was selected as a West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year, along with Jordan Hasay of Oregon.
Grace's time of 2:03.41 to win the national quarter-final on May 27 was the third-fastest over all preliminary heats. The time is also a school record. Grace will compete in the national semi-final at 6:00 p.m. CT on June 8 to advance to the national final, held at 7:10 p.m. on June 10.