Two No. 2 marks cap Kishimoto’s career at UNC
She raced to three top-10 fastest times in school history and three top-four finishes at the Division I Independent Track and Field Championships.In the classroom, she earned scholar athlete status (maintaining a grade point average of 3.20 or higher) and was named to the dean’s list for four years.Not a bad resume for Glenwood High graduate Jennifer Kishimoto in her four-year collegiate career at the University of Northern Colorado.
After graduating earlier this month, Kishimoto capped off her time as a student athlete in style, taking second in the 400-meter hurdles at the D-I Independents on May 13. Kishimoto completed the event in 1:02.45, 1.34 seconds behind Bear teammate Ashley Stec. “Nationals this year was probably the best moment with my teammate and me taking first and second. We hugged at the end, and it was kind of a celebration and a goodbye,” Kishimoto said.”We had a moment,” Kishimoto added with a laugh.On the same day, Kishimoto also competed as a part of the 4X400 relay team and, along with Stec, Katie Miller and Amy Engebretson, finished in second place with a 3:49.80 mark.
“We were ranked first going into it so we were expecting to win,” Kishimoto said. “If we would have run our best, we would have, but I am still happy with it. It was a good way to go out.”Even outside of the 2006 championship meet, Kishimoto left her mark at UNC. She posted the third-fastest time in school history in the 400 hurdles (1:02.30), the sixth-best in the 400 dash (57.56) and the ninth-quickest time in the 200 dash (25.75). The 2002 Demon graduate also placed fourth in the 400 hurdles in the D-I Independents in 2005. “I enjoyed my time at UNC. It was kind of rocky at times because I had three different coaches while I was there, but the last one (Kevin Galbraith) was one of the best coaches I’ve had, so I was glad to have time with him.”
Galbraith coached Kishimoto for her final one and a half seasons and led the Bears girls track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the D-I Independents.Off the track, Kishimoto studied sports and exercise science and is planning on applying to graduate school at end of summer at Regis or the University of Colorado, or maybe in California or Oregon. This summer she will be staying in Greeley, working at a physical therapy office where she once interned before acquiring a full-time job. Kishimoto wasn’t sure about her future with running, but thought it would play a part in her life. “I don’t think I will do any track events, bit maybe I’ll do some road races or coaching in the future.” she said. “Now I am going to take some time off, but I am sure I’ll miss it.”
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