Spotlight on Seniors: Ruthie Boyd – Carleton College


The PEAR department takes this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the seniors of our spring sports teams. While we are sad that we couldn’t see them compete this season, we are excited about what the future holds for each of them. Keep checking back in the coming weeks as we take the time to highlight each of these people. Click here for our Senior Spotlight archives.

University sports practiced in Carleton:

Outdoor track (2 years), Indoor track (2 years), Cross Country (4 years)


Breckenridge, Colorado.


Sociology / Anthropology

What are your plans after graduation?

I am VISTA Americorps at a public health focused nonprofit in Telluride, Colorado.

What was your favorite sporting moment in Carleton?

My favorite sporting moment in Carleton was the cross country meet my second fall. The race was special, as it often is for your teammates. After crossing the line, we not only had so many individual performances to celebrate, but also a collective victory and a record TEAM score!

Why did you choose Carleton?

I chose Carleton for its academics and also for the amazing and inspiring people I have met on my tours.

Other than athletics, what will you miss the most in Carleton?

I will miss the people I have met so, so much. I will also miss the Arb, and be able to enjoy beautiful Minnesota with my friends and teammates!

What else did your Carleton experience include?

I studied abroad in Costa Rica my junior spring and did two internships with non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. I have also been part of ECO (Environmental Carls Organized) and Swipe Out Hunger!

What advice would you give to future student-athletes?

Make friends on your team, and also friends outside of your team! Any new connections you make are valuable and will help you learn in different ways.

What is your favorite memory of your head coach?

Donna is still so full of energy and enthusiasm. Once, before a cross country race in St. Olaf, I remember walking into the hall where they were playing “Dancing in September”, and Donna and I just sang that song as we walked to the start! I remember feeling relieved from the pre-race nerves right now, remembering what Donna always tells us: go ahead and have fun.

Coach quote Donna Ricks:

“Ruthie is a very caring and caring leader. She overcame obstacles and as a result made our team stronger.


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