Kristina Miner
Track
Inducted in 2012
Kristina Miner was one of the most prolific and decorated runners in Suffield High School history.  She was a 12-time letter winner in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, competing as the #1 or #2 runner throughout her 4-year career.  During this time, SHS dominated the NCCC Conference and was a consistent contender for State Class and State Open crowns.  Among Kristina's individual achievements, she was All Conference 9 of the 12 seasons, All State 12 times, All New England 4 times and twice received All American recognition.  She never finished lower than third in the NCCC Cross Country Championship, winning in 2002, and had numerous top 10 finishes in the highly competitive Class and Open meets.  At one time she held the Class meet record in the 3200 and the 5K record in the State Open meet.  A key contributor to three Suffield High State Championships, Kristina was team captain in all three sports her senior year and was twice named SHS Outstanding Female Athlete.

Following graduation from SHS in 2003, Kristina ran at Trinity College in Hartford.  She earned All American honors in track and field her freshman year and was an integral member of the Trinity cross country team that earned a best-ever second place finish in the NCAA Division III National Championship Meet.  She also earned All New England Division III, All NESCAC, and All ECAC honors in track for her finishes in the 1500 meters (indoor) and the 800 meter (outdoor) events.   In the indoor relays, Kristina was a member of Trinity's 2004 ECAC Champion 4X800 meter squad and earned All New England and All American honors for Trinity's distance medley relay foursome.  Her success continued into the next cross country and indoor seasons highlighted by her winning both the NESCAC and New England DIII 800 meter championships.

 On December 22, 2005, Kristina was struck by a car while out jogging and suffered two broken legs, a broken collarbone, facial fractures, and a traumatic head injury.  As a result she spent a lengthy recuperation period in the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.  Her running career in serious jeopardy, Kristina ferociously tackled her rehabilitation over the ensuing year and miraculously rejoined the Trinity track team for the 2007 outdoor season.  Her tremendous courage in the face of such horrific adversity and unwavering commitment to return to running, earned her the 2007 Bob Casey Award presented by the Connecticut Sportswriters' Alliance.

The accident took a toll, but Kristina nonetheless returned to compete at a high level and earned the respect and admiration of teammates and competitors alike.  She was an inspiration to all who saw her return.  Now graduated from Trinity, Kristina continues to run both recreationally and in area road races and plans to pursue a career in coaching and in the athletic training/health field.