Women's Track and Field Roster

Mikayla Zaske

Year So.
Hometown Rice, Minn.
High School Sauk Rapids-Rice

Year at Gustavus: Sophomore
What events are you in? Are you in both cross country and track and field?: Sprints/Hurdles
Where did you go to high school?: Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Where is your hometown?: Rice, MN
Tell me about your family (siblings, are any of your family members current/previous Gusties?): My mom, Michelle, works in healthcare and my dad, Dave, is a high school science teacher. My sister, Kiah, is a junior in high school this year.
Tell me about your experiences so far at Gustavus: I have loved all of my time at Gustavus so far. I have had many wonderful opportunities. I have made life long friends. I have been able to learn and grow as a person.
What volunteering or community service have you done in and/or out of college?: I did a lot of service activities with my church from my hometown and I also did a lot of service activities through MHS in high school. For example, I helped run and organize our school blood drive. I haven't done as much community service since coming to college, but I would love to get back to doing more of that.
What other extracurricular activities, clubs, or organizations are you a part of?: I am in swimming, choir, and a part of Alpha Sigma Tau. I also work in the chaplain's office on campus.
How have these activities changed your time at Gustavus?: These activities have helped me create many amazing bonds and friendships here on campus. They have also allowed me to continue to follow the multiple passions that I have in my life (sports, music, faith, ect).
Have you been a part of any movements that work for social justice or change? What are you passionate about?: I am passionate about the environment and climate change. I am also passionate about just spreading kindness and positivity.
Newspaper: If you would like press releases involving you sent to any hometown newspapers, please list them here: The Sauk Rapids Herald
Tell me about any high school athletic and academic achievements or awards that you have earned: I was the athlete of the year my senior year of high school. I was also an Excel Award winner and AAA winner. I earned all-conference in swimming. I am part of the relay that holds the school record in the 200 medley relay in swimming. I was a captain for both track and swimming. I was the salutatorian of my class. I was our class president, president of MHS, and vice president of our student council.
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 have made the Dean's list every semester.
Why did you choose Gustavus?: I chose Gustavus because of the community and atmosphere. It just felt like home.
In your opinion what makes the Gustavus cross country/track and field programs different from other colleges?: Again, the community of the team is what really makes the program special.