Susan Kuijken arrived at Florida State in January of 2006 from The Netherlands and proved to be the catalyst behind the most successful women’s cross country and distance era in program history.
By the time she closed her career at the end of the 2009 cross country season, Kuijken was a nine-time All-American and FSU’s only four-time cross country All-American. With NCAA individual titles on the track in the 3000-meter and 1500-meter runs, Kuijken cemented her legacy as the most decorated distance athlete in program history.
A natural leader who represented The Netherlands on the World and European stage nine times as a youth and junior runner, she elevated her new teammates to unprecedented heights.
With Kuijken finishing no worse than third individually, she led the Noles to three consecutive top-three NCAA Cross Country Championship finishes (2007-09). FSU also hoisted the ACC Championship trophy for the first three times in program history, and in 2008-09 won the ACC Triple Crown with cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field titles.
An outstanding student, she earned Academic All-American honors as a senior.
Kuijken represented The Netherlands in the 5000- and 10,000-meter runs at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.