Anna King, Colby College
Colby's Anna King was one of 10 NESCAC spring sport athletes to earn all-conference, all-academic, and all-sportsmanship honors from the league. That balance in her collegiate life helped her earn Colby's Marjorie D. Bither Award for academic ability, athletic ability, and leadership in athletics and on campus.
King was the national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She broke her own school record that day with a time of 10:27.56. King won the steeplechase at the Open New England Championships and the NESCAC Championships. She also captured the 1,500-meter title at the New England Division III Championships.
King earned four All-American honors during her track and field career at Colby. She was fifth in the steeplechase at the national meet as a junior and also earned an All-American honor in the race as a first-year runner. King sacrificed by not running in an individual event at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to help Colby's distance relay team earn All-American honors by placing seventh. King, who was scheduled to run in her individual race near the start time of the DMR race, stayed fresh and anchored the DMR team from 10th place when she got the baton to seventh place with a fast mile.
A captain in all three seasons of competition this past academic year, King also was a key member of Colby's cross country team. She ran at the NCAA Division III Championships all four years and helped the Mules place fifth in 2005 and 2006.
King was an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA District I (New York and New England) All-Academic second team selection for track and field/cross country. She earned NESCAC All-Academic honors in six athletic seasons.
King, who was a sociology major with a pre-med concentration at Colby, will attend Dartmouth College this fall to earn a master's degree and then plans to apply to medical school. King was a research assistant during school breaks at the Mayo Clinic (MN), the San Francisco Medical Center, and the Portsmouth Regional Hospital near her hometown of Greenland, N.H.
King also spent three summers from 2002 to 2004 on Bolivia mission trips to help in the construction of a new school. She also has gone to Ecuador for a medical mission trip.