Hasselquist named WIAC Scholar-AthleteUW-River Falls women’s track and field athlete Krista Hasselquist, a senior from Osceola, has been named the WIAC indoor track and field Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete.
By: UW-RF Sports Information, River Falls Journal
UW-River Falls women’s track and field athlete Krista Hasselquist, a senior from Osceola, has been named the WIAC indoor track and field Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete.
Hasselquist was presented the award at the end of the WIAC Championships last weekend at UW-Superior. The Falcons placed fourth in the final team standings.
“Krista is a student-athlete that is dedicated to being very successful in both areas,” said Falcon coach Martha Brennan. “She works very hard, has a great attitude, and values her role on our campus as both a student and an athlete. We are lucky to have her on our team and on our campus.”
Hasselquist has been a key component of the Falcon team that has become one of the top programs in the Upper Midwest. The Falcon indoor team has placed fourth the past two years in the WIAC Championships. Last spring the outdoor team placed third in the WIAC Championships. That was the team’s top place finish since the 1988 season.
Hasselquist has been a leader of the Falcon throwers throughout her career.
At this year’s indoor championships she placed second in the shot put with a toss of 45 feet, 6 1/4 inches. She also placed fifth in the weight throw with a 52-1 1/4 effort.
At the 2007 WIAC Outdoor Championships she won the shot put competition with a throw of 43-9 1/2 and finished seventh in the weight throw with a 131-6 effort. She holds the school outdoor shot put record of 46-1 1/4 set during the 2007 season.
At the 2007 WIAC Indoor Championships Hasselquist placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 53-9 1/4. That effort established a school record that still stands. She also finished second in the shot with a 42-7 1/2 effort.
Not only has Hasselquist had an impact at the WIAC level, she has also earned honors at the NCAA Division III level.
At the 2007 indoor NCAA Championships she earned All-American honors in the shot put with a toss of 44-8.
At the 2007 outdoor NCAA Championships, she placed third in the shot put with a throw of 45-2 1/4 and earned All-American recognition. She helped lead the Falcons to a ninth place team finish in the 2007 outdoor NCAA meet, the highest ever by a Falcon squad.
Hasselquist has automatically qualified in the shot put, and has a provisional mark in the weight throw, for the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships that will be held this weekend at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
She has been a national indoor meet qualifier eight times and a national outdoor meet qualifier four times.
Hasselquist is the team captain this year and was the team’s captain in the 2006-07 season. She was voted the team’s Most Valuable Performer in 2005-06 and won the team’s Hardcore Award in 2006-07.
Hasselquist’s academic honors are just as impressive. She carries a 3.715 cumulative grade point average. She is majoring in health and human performance with an emphasis in exercise and sports science. She is working on minors in business administration and coaching. She has been named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has been named to the UW-RF’s Deans List seven times. Hasselquist earned a Jenny Gondeck Memorial Scholarship in 2006-07 and the Don and Jo Page and JoAnn Barnes Scholarships in 2007-08.
Hasselquist has taken an active role in several campus committees and events. She is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association and the head football student equipment manager for three seasons. She served as the vice chair of the UW-RF Recreation Committee from 2005-07. She is the chair of the Facilities and Fees Budget Committee. She is currently a student representative of the Leadership Development and Service Committee. She has been the track and field representative to the Student Athletic Advisory committee since 2005.
She is the third Falcon to win the WIAC track & field scholar-athlete award. Laura Gabriel won the award after the 1988 outdoor season and Sarah Peterson was recognized with the award after the 1999 indoor campaign.
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the most outstanding senior from each conference sport during the year who exhibits the greatest combination of performance and achievement in academics, athletics and leadership. The women’s Scholar-Athlete Award was renamed the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award effective with the 1998-99 season.