IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa student athletes have been selected by the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives (FAR) Board as recipients of the 2023 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award. Sofie Stribos (Field Hockey), Samantha Cary (Soccer) and Jamie Kofron (Track and Field) were recognized for their significant accomplishments in the classroom while competing at the highest level of college athletics.
The Award is given annually to student-athletes who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or above and have participated in at least two years of NCAA Intercollegiate athletics at a Football Bowl Subdivision institution.
Stribos started all 19 games for the field hockey program, recording three goals and four assists en route to her first National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region selection. The Brussels, Belgium, native recorded 908 minutes in 2023 and played 4,558 minutes in her career, totaling 14 goals and 11 assists.
Stribos helped lead Iowa to its sixth straight and 28th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history — the most of any team as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Cary led the Iowa soccer defense to a program-record 13 shutouts in 2023. Cary was a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament, as the Hawkeyes defeated three straight ranked opponents to win the tournament for the second time in program history.
Offensively, Cary registered one goal and three assists on the year. The St. Charles, Missouri, native is believed to be Iowa’s all-time leader in minutes (8,322), games played (97) and starts (96).
Kofron has two career seventh place finishes at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Her 20.54-meter mark from the 2022 B1G Championships ranks fourth in program history.
As an outdoor competitor, Kofron is ranked fifth in the shot put and seventh in the discus, respectively, in program history.