University of Wyoming cross country runner Katelyn Mitchem wins Elite 90 award

Katelyn Mitchem (via University of Wyoming Athletics)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — University of Wyoming student athlete Katelyn Mitchem is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship.

Mitchem, double majoring in environmental systems science and range ecology/watershed management, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. She was presented with the award during the cross country award presentation on Nov. 19 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The senior from Broomfield, Colorado, received the award after becoming the eighth Cowgirl in program history to run at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships. Mitchem was one of three individual qualifiers from the Mountain Region to run with the best. Mitchem finished in 143rd place with a time of 20:52.5 in the 6K.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, honors the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among their peers. It is presented to the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student athletes are sophomores or above academically who have participated in a sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.