Kristina chose a different athletic and academic culture than her younger sister who played Division 1 basketball in Colorado.
“I felt St. Kate’s would provide me with a strong foundation to attend medical school and eventually become a physician, as well as give me the opportunity to compete as part of a team,” she says.
Kristina's teams included Cross Country and Track and Field. In her first 10K of the 2013 season, she ran the second half of the race faster than the first (known as negative-splitting) and claimed St. Kate’s number four all-time spot.
The dark, frigid cold, mud and rain couldn't slow her down. Kristina was one of the top runners in St. Kate's history, and she keeps on running.
“The best races were the ones in which I was in a pack with my teammates, where we put forth our best,” says Kristina, who competed in distance events such as the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter races. “It’s empowering to set a personal record. And that feeling pushes me to do more — in running and life in general.”
Kristina has amassed numerous athletic awards since she started running competitively in middle school, including successive Academic All-Conference honors. She was co-captain of the Wildcats track team and a resident advisor (RA) at Georgia apartments on the St. Paul campus. She was also an Antonian Scholar — with a perfect 4.0.
“Kristina is definitely a go-getter,” said Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, director of residence life. “It takes a special person to balance three very demanding roles — student, athlete and RA.”
Kristina had the opportunity to collaborate with James Wollack, assistant professor of chemistry, on a 3M-funded organic chemistry study. She assisted in infectious disease research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. She also participated in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program in 2012 and was a research associate for the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center.
“I’m sure I learned time management from my parents,” said Kristina, who volunteered at Carondelet Village and as a Eucharistic minister in Our Lady of Victory Chapel. “They had to be well organized to raise three kids who were very involved.”
Also former president of St. Kate’s Medical Interest Group, Kristina headed to medical school after graduation. “I’m interested in emergency medicine and internal medicine,” she explained.
And, yes, she’ll still be running.