Friday Flashback: Knudson was a 2-time All-American in 1990s

July 10, 2020

Kaarin Knudson

Anchorage’s Kaarin Knudson was a remarkable runner for the University of Oregon from 1994 to 1999 as she earned eight letters and competed eight times at the NCAA Championships.

A two-time All-American in track and field, she was a seven-time NCAA qualifier for the Ducks and was a member of Oregon’s 1995 Pac-10 championship cross country team.

In 1995, the Ducks won the West Region title and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.

In 1997, she was an All-American in the 800 meters.

In 1999, she was part of a school record in the distance medley relay and earned All-American honors in the indoor mile.

Knudson, of Dimond High fame, won the 1999 Jackson Award as Oregon’s most outstanding senior woman. She was also a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

The two-time academic All-American and six-time Pac-10 all-academic honoree graduated from Oregon with a degree in journalism and fine arts in 1999, and then earned her master’s degree in architecture from the UO in 2007.

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.