• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Kaitlyn Gillett

Junior, track

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Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

High School: Cedar Falls

Why Central?
I chose Central because of the small class sizes and the friendly atmosphere. It felt like a second home to me! Central also provided me with the opportunity to study athletic training while being a member of the women’s track & field team, which isn’t possible at other schools.

You are majoring in athletic training because…
I am majoring in athletic training because I enjoy learning about the human body, specifically about the different injuries that occur. With my love of sports and helping people, it is the perfect major for me.

Who is your favorite professor?
My favorite professor is Chris Viesselman because he is always excited and passionate about teaching. He always makes sure to include hands-on learning, which I really appreciate. Chris has high expectations for each and every one of his students, which helps us prepare for the real world. 

What is your favorite Central College memory?
My favorite Central College memory was the summer of 2012 when a small group of us went on a 17-day mission trip to New York. On this trip, I was a day camp small group leader for first graders for one week and a cabin small group leader for 9th graders anther week. We also went to New York City to hand out food and clothing to homeless people. The crazy thing is, I was there to be a blessing to those I came into contact with, but instead I felt as though they blessed me so much more! We also had some time to explore New York City and a few of us even got lost on the subway system until 2:30 a.m.!

What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch women’s track and field team?
Track and field is amazing! I love all the friendships and memories that I have made over the years and am continuing to make. Even though I dread going to practice some days, especially the days that we have to run intervals, the people on the team always make up for it. The girls are there for you during your highs and lows and are always encouraging.  It truly is like a family!

As a multi-eventer, you compete in many events: which is your favorite?
Definitely the open 800...just kidding! My favorite event would be the hurdles, with the javelin coming in close behind. I feel the most comfortable hurdling, since that’s mainly what I did in high school. Javelin is just so different compared to the other events and who doesn’t like to throw spears?!

What is your preference: indoor track season or outdoor track season?
I guess I would have to say I enjoy the indoor track season better because we never have to worry about what the weather is like. With indoor track, we don’t have to worry about running in the wind, rain or snow. It makes the dreaded 800 that much easier to run!

What is one thing people do not know about associate head coach Jim Fuller?
Coach Fuller, believe it or not, never ran high school track and actually went to college on a baseball scholarship, yet he is extremely knowledgeable about track and field!       

What does it mean to you to be named co-captain of this year’s team?
It really is an honor to be a co-captain of the women’s track and field team. There have been extremely good leaders in the past and I hope to be as good of a leader as they were. It is also kind of fun being a co-captain, because my roommate, Taylor Beckman (sprints), is also a co-captain!

You represent the athletic training students on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC); why is that important to you?
I am grateful to be on SAAC representing athletic training students. It is great to be able to address issues brought up on the athletic side of things and look at them with an athletic training perspective. It is really a good balance!

Who is your favorite track and field athlete of all time?
Lolo Jones! Not only is it neat that she is from Des Moines, but her life story is truly inspirational. She overcame many obstacles growing up and she never gave up on her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete despite everything in her way. Hopefully she will finally win an Olympic medal in Sochi… not as a track athlete, but instead a bobsledder!

What is the best advice you have ever received from a track coach?
“Be a champion in practice—that's where champions are made.” No explanation needed!

What is your favorite activity to do in your free time?
In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go shopping or just take a nap!

Who is the one person, past or present, that you’d like to have lunch with?
One person I wish I could have lunch with again is my Grandpa. He passed away a few weeks after I graduated high school and you never really realize how much you miss someone until they are gone. He lived his life with integrity and by example, but never judged others. We had so many of the same interests, like athletics and mission work….but I don't necessarily share his love of fishing! I really miss his advice and his perspective on things…a little of which I could use right now!

“This season I hope that…”
This season I hope that I can stay healthy and PR (set a personal record) in most, if not all, of my events.

Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
*Travel to Australia
*Visit all 50 states
*Run the Disney marathon (or half marathon!)
*Watch the ball drop in Times Square
*Go on a mission trip to Haiti or Africa
*Marry a man who loves Jesus and have a happy, healthy family

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