As we celebrate Division III week this week, we will feature a pair of cadet-athletes that are excelling in the Division III environment.
Senior Anita Green is a two-time Division III All-American as part of the women's DMR during the indoor track season as well and a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-conference cross country runner earning the conference honor in 2017.
The women's DMR placed seventh last season at the DIII Indoor Track & Field Championships and finished third this season with a school record time of 11:43.85.
Green, a Mechanical Engineering major, not only excels running, but also in the class room as she has named to the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic team in each of the last three seasons.
The senior from Clermont, Florida choose the Coast Guard Academy for the challenge and the people it offered and also the AIM (Academy Introductory Mission) Program.
"In high school, I was challenged in multiple realms and when looking for colleges I wanted someplace that would challenge me even more, but outside of academics," said Green. "I didn't want academics to be my sole focus and I wanted the opportunity to make an impact on those around me and the country I live in, on as big of a scale as possible."
She really enjoyed learning from her Cadre during AIM, the amount of humility they showed, love and passion for what they did at the academy, and care they showed for one another and for them really inspired her to want to do the same in the future.
Green, who will be a student engineer on the CGC DESISIVE in Pensacola, Fla. after graduation, is the 2019 Spring Regimental Commander for the Corp of Cadets and has had several memorable moments during her 200 week journey at the Academy, but one stands out.
"I was LTJG Gretchen Krause's first salute after 2017 Commencement. Gretchen Krause is a Class of 2017 graduate and ran cross country with me during her time at the academy. Gretchen was and will always be an inspiration to be as a mentor and friend," said Green. "The reason this was so memorable is because it was an opportunity to share an honorable moment with someone I looked up to and admired as a cadet and mentee."
As far as on the track, Green has enjoyed so much success and her favorite moment was last month at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships in nearby Boston.
"With the Championships in Boston, we were able to have a larger attendance of supporters. The environment at nationals is innately electric so having support there to cheer us on made the experience even better," said Green. "Also the race in general was a lot of fun, running for more than just yourself always makes the experience even better."
Competing at the Division III level has been something that Green has enjoyed. "It has been exciting! Upon coming to the Academy I wasn't sure if I wanted to still run in college, but the people I've met through running, I've bonded with and have truly come to care for making the academy experience even more special."