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Kaitlyn Van Baalen
Kaitlyn Van Baalen
Year: So.
Hometown: Basking Ridge, N.J.
High School: Ridge


  • All-Region after placing 34th at the NCAA Midwest Regional in 23:11
  • UAA All-Academic Team


  • Placed 35th at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 6K time of 23:07.5
  • Took 30th at the UAA Championships with a 6K time of 23:18.9
  • Placed 35th at the Gil Dodds Invite with a 6K time of 23:42.3
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic


  • Major: Public Policy
  • UChicago activities: Mentor with Moneythink, Senior Writer for the Gate political review, member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity
  • Dean's List
  • Participated in four years of cross country and track & field in high school
  • Earned seven varsity letters in track & field and three varsity letters in cross country in high school
  • Personal records: 800m (2:13), 1600m (4:59), 5K (19:25)
  • Five-time New Jersey State Champion in the 4x800m relay, three-time All-American and two-time New Balance National Champion in the 4x800m relay
  • State Sectional champion (1600m), Somerset County champion (1600m and 800m)
  • School Record Holder: 1000 m, Indoor DMR, Indoor 4x400, Indoor 4x800, Outdoor 4x800
  • Top 5 Student, National AP Scholar
  • U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All American
  • Treasurer of the Ridge Make-A-Wish chapter, member of the Certamen Quiz Bowl team