Kristina Miner, Trinity College

Kristina Miner, a public policy and law major from Suffield, Connecticut, capped off the most unlikely of seasons in her final year competing for the Trinity College Bantams.

As a track and cross-country tri-captain, and the recipient of the prestigious Trinity Club of Hartford Award given to the school’s most outstanding senior female athlete, Miner has a story of determination and courage that makes the feat that much more meaningful. In December of 2005, she was struck by a car, leaving her with two broken legs, a broken collarbone, facial fractures, and a traumatic head injury. The accident was near-fatal, and whether the All-American would ever be able to run again was the last question people were asking – except for Miner, who was constantly nagging doctors with questions and requests for permission to advance the stages of her workouts.

While working toward recovery with regular hospital visits and significant treadmill time, she showed her commitment to the team by showing up at all but six meets, even while she was far from recovery.

Less than a year later, Kristina was competing again for the Bantams, giving inspiration to the many that were touched by her story. Kristina holds three school records and a plethora of medals from various league, New England, and National track and cross-country events. Her return was an amazement in itself, and the fact that she came back and was able to contribute as greatly as she did is a testament to the type of person she is.

Miner is just as outstanding in her everyday life. She has been a Resident Assistant for four years, a member of the Student Activities Council and the debate team, and has done work with Physicians for Human Rights, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Habitat for Humanity.