Going The Distance With Burciaga

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi cross country runner Kristine Burciaga is coming off of an impressive weekend, after taking first place last Friday with Julia Sambu at the Rio Grande Valley Classic, hosted by Texas-Pan American. On Tuesday, the senior was recognized for her accomplishments by being named the Southland Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Islanders Athletics caught up with the San Antonio native to discuss her successful opening weekend with the cross country team. 

Get to know Kristine Burciaga … 

What do you like most about being an Islander:

I love being a part of the team and making friends with all my teammates. They are my family away from home. 

Your biggest influence on your athletic career is:

My personal drive to be better. 

Before you run what is your ritual:

I do a race visualization to calm my nerves and to get me mentally prepared for the race. 

Longest distance you have ever run:

14.66 miles (on accident). 

Favorite moment at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi:

I would say the reactions we get from Coach Flanagan with the trouble we give him, as well as the good things we do. 

If you could race against anyone in the world who would it be:

Craig Mottram, just so I could meet him. 

Favorite place to run:

I don't have a favorite place. I like to try new trails, definitely has to be a grass or dirt path. 

A random fact about you:

My coach and teammates like to announce that "I'm married." My maiden name is Torres. 

 

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