Women's Track and Field Roster

Rachel Erickson

Year Jr.
Event Throws
Hometown Starbuck, Minn.
High School Minnewaska Area

Year at Gustavus: Junior
What events are you in? Are you in both cross country and track and field?: I throw javelin.
Where did you go to high school?: Minnewaska High School
Where is your hometown?: Starbuck, MN
Tell me about your family (siblings, are any of your family members current/previous Gusties?): My sister- Courtney Erickson graduated in 2019 from Gustavus and was also on the track and field team.
Tell me about your experiences so far at Gustavus: I love the feeling of a small campus because I always see familiar faces when walking around campus. It’s also great to have smaller class sizes to know the professors better. The track & field team environment is so fun and a great support system to have on campus.
What volunteering or community service have you done in and/or out of college?: I have volunteered with Special Olympics at Gustavus, and I also participate in Language Buddies and have gone to the community center and St. Peter middle school to help with students and adults learning English as their second language.
What other extracurricular activities, clubs, or organizations are you a part of?: I am in Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Gustie Guides, Language Buddies, and Film for the Gustavus Football team.
How have these activities changed your time at Gustavus?: These organizations have helped me make more connections at Gustavus, and have been a way to meet friends.
Tell me about any high school athletic and academic achievements or awards that you have earned: “Triple A Award”- for academics, arts, and athletics. All Conference Academic for swimming, basketball, and softball. Team MVP for softball in my senior year. Team captain for swimming, basketball, and softball my senior year. Various swimming awards throughout high school . I don’t really remember all of the awards, but the team aspects of the sports were what I’ll never forget. The bus rides to and from games are some of my favorite high school memories.
Tell me about your college academic and athletic achievements that you have earned . (Captain, All-American, all-conference, academic all-conference, etc, and include year): I earned Academic All Conference 2020 .
Why did you choose Gustavus?: I like the small campus, the close community, the ability to know professors more personally than at a larger school, and the way Gustavus feels like home when I walk on campus.
In your opinion what makes the Gustavus cross country/track and field programs different from other colleges?: I feel like our team is more supportive than other college teams. We always have groups of people cheering teammates on at every event- including the throws. I feel like other teams don’t have a support system like ours. We have awesome coaches who clearly make the time to work with everyone and want everyone to get better everyday and succeed. It’s a great team to be a part of!