Kristi Larson is the first softball alumni to be selected to catch up with. Kristi attended Iowa Lakes Community College from 2012-2014. She was classified as a utility player while at Iowa Lakes, as she saw time at almost every position in her two years. Kristi compiled a .343 batting average with 81 hits, including 20 doubles, 3 triples, and 6 homeruns. She batted in 56 runs, while crossing the plate 57 times herself. For her efforts, Kristi was selected All-Region Honorable Mention her freshman year and All-Region 2nd Team her sophomore season.
Kristi said that her favorite thing about Iowa Lakes hands down was the people. The staff, professors, and students at Iowa Lakes were so friendly and made her feel comfortable right away. College was always a scary thing for Kristi as she grew up in New Ulm, MN and graduated from Cathedral High School, where her class size was 39 students. She was nervous about getting to college and getting lost in the shuffle, but Iowa Lakes' small class sizes and helpful staff allowed her to feel comfortable and confident. She felt as though the faculty and staff at Iowa Lakes knew her as a person and not as a number or a face in the crowd. Her professors knew her on a personal level and she knew them in that same manner.
In addition, Kristi attended Iowa Lakes because her sister and brother had attended the school as well. She had already been exposed to some of the staff and had seen how success can be achieved at Iowa Lakes. By watching her siblings go through school, she felt confident that Iowa Lakes was going to allow her to get a good education, gain softball skills, and grow as a person.
Her favorite off the field memory at Iowa Lakes was going to support other teams and socializing and cheering at the games with teammates and classmates. Kristi's favorite on the field memory was when she hit two grand slams in one game. She is still convinced her older sister, now Head Softball Coach Katie Larson, took her out of the game that day because she was mad Kristi was better than her.
After completing her Associate of Science degree at Iowa Lakes Community College, Kristi attended Division II University of Minnesota-Crookston. She continued playing softball for the Golden Eagles and again saw herself classified as a utility player. Kristi just completed her Sports and Recreational Management degree with a Coaching Minor in the spring of 2017. During her final year at Crookston, Larson also played golf for the university.
Kristi is currently the head middle school softball coach at Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayshire in Iowa. She also assists the junior varsity and varsity teams at GTRA. She is in the process of acquiring a position as a softball graduate assistant this summer. This will help her get a step closer to her ultimate dream of being a Head Softball Coach at the college level.
Kristi had this to say about Iowa Lakes, "Attending Iowa Lakes was one of the best decisions of my life. I will forever cherish the people that I met and the memories that I made while going to school at Iowa Lakes. The skills I learned at Iowa Lakes have set me up for success in the real world. I want to thank everybody at Iowa Lakes and also say congratulations to the 2016-2017 team on having a great season!"