Kristen Boerke, a junior communication sciences and disorders major, is a student athlete on the track and field team and an aspiring speech pathologist.
“I wanted a university that had a great communication sciences and disorders program, a track team I could participate on, and most importantly a university that would offer me a great overall education,” Boerke said. “The location of SUNY Plattsburgh was also a factor in my decision. The surrounding landscapes are beautiful and it’s a great place to hike, ski and explore.”
For Boerke, The pandemic has hindered the track and field team in the beginning. The team now is able to participate together after a hiatus.
“Typically the entire team is at practice, however, due to current restrictions there are a limited number of people at practice,” Boerke said. “So practicing with the entire team is definitely something I am looking forward to in the future. If anything, the pandemic has made me realize how truly grateful I am that I have track and field in my life and how much I have missed my team. The time off has given me a deeper appreciation for the sport and more motivation to be a better athlete in the upcoming seasons.”
Boerke appreciates that she made the Dean’s List this spring semester. She tries to do her best in her studies and keep up with track and field at the same time.
“I am very excited about getting on the Dean’s List,”Boerke said. “It is a goal I strive to work toward every semester.”
Outside of her studies and the track and field team, Boerke likes to spend her time doing things she loves. This is especially apparent during the pandemic. Apart from college activities, she loves the outdoors and the Adirondack area.
“Other than running and being on the track and field team, in my free time I like to hike, do yoga, go to the gym, walk my dog, play piano and hang out with my friends.” Boerke said.
Nicholas Jones, the head track and field coach, has known Boerke since her senior year of highschool. He believes that Boerke is a fantastic athlete who has been advancing extraordinarily.
“Kristen is a preliminary pentathlete, which is an athlete that competes in multiple events,” Jones said. “She stands out in many different events and contributes to the team in many different ways.”
Jones believes that Boerke is a good role model for her teammates. He believes that she has been very impactful towards the team and also her friends.
“Kristen was able to join our team and make an immediate impact her first year,” Jones said. “She has been named captain this year. She also has been a tremendous source of positive energy for her teammates during these difficult times.”
Aislyn Mcdonough, is a good friend of Boerke and believes she is a fantastic example of a leader who works hard, and passionately, around her teammates.
“Kristen embodies exactly what you could ask for from a captain,” Mcdonough said. “She shows her determination through her hard work, always brings a positive energy to the environment, and leads with passion.”