LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Recent graduate Kristina Kronauer made Bryn Mawr College cross country/track & field history as she became the first runner to compete at the cross country and the outdoor track and field national championships in the same year. She finished 13th overall with a time of 36:40 in the 10K.
After being dead last following the opening mile, Kronauer started to bounce back as she slowly past runners as mile two came to an end. Around the midpoint of the race, Kronauer broke into the top-18 as she continued to overcome and bypass other competitors.
As the laps started to dwindle down, Kronauer made her final push of the race as she bypassed two runners over the final laps to claim 13th place.
Head coach Jason Hewitt stated "Composure, that was the word that best describes Kristina's race."
Her time of 36:40 is her second fastest time ever in the 10k race. Her fastest time, 36:20.75, is the school record in the event.
"To come half way across the country and still see familiar faces - both friends and family - truly made my last collegiate race a memorable one," stated Kronauer. She added "Their support made the [25-lap] race smooth and allowed me to run the race I wanted."
Kronauer graduated last Saturday with a degree in Russian. She will return home for a few days before moving to Russia and working on a dairy farm working with herd health before hopefully returning state side for veterinarian school.