Kristen Galligan is a local product, graduating from Thomas Johnson after a decorated high school cross country and track career. After graduating from TJ, Kristen attended Division 3 Washington & Jefferson College, where she competed on the national scene, twice earning herself All-American status (from cross country and the 10k in track) during her Freshman and Sophomore years. Prior to her Junior year, Kristen transferred to Mount St. Mary's University where she ran on the Division 1 cross country and track & field teams for her final 2 years of eligibility. When her collegiate running career was over, Kristen set and still currently holds 9 collegiate school records at Washington & Jefferson and 3 at Mount St. Mary's.
Kristen graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology and is currently in graduate school at Mount St. Mary's where she is working towards her Master's of Health Administration. In addition, she also has her Level 1 USATF Coaching Certification. Her first coaching job was as an Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Hood College 2015-2016.