In the 1990s, Loras' women's track and field team quickly became a power in the Iowa Conference after it was added as a sport, and Kim Kiner (Class of 1997) was the ring leader - and along the way tossed the Duhawks to elite status among NCAA Division III schools. She was the school's first women's national champion. Nine times she reached either the indoor or outdoor NCAA finals (thus a nine-time All-American) in the shot put or discus and came home with three national titles and two-runner-up spots.
A prep standout at Chicago's Tinley Park High School, Kiner jolted the Loras track program in her freshman year, winning the 1994 Indoor NCAA Division III shot put title (45'- ¾" ) and in the spring finishing fourth nationally in the shot put (43'-11 ¾" ) and discus (143'-7"). She also won the NCAA Division III shot put titles in 1996 (outdoor) and in 1997 (indoor) when she set a meet record with a toss of 47'-8" feet. Her Nationals' excellence included seconds in 1996 indoor championships and 1995 outdoor meet in the shot put. Her other All-American performance came in three top five finishes in the discus and shot put at the Nationals.
Kiner is recalled as one who put team above personal accolades and was a major reason Loras won Iowa Conference indoor and outdoor titles in the 1990s as she dominated the shot and discus. Teammates remember her as a ``big meet'' performer - going into the final round of the NCAA Nationals in the shot put in 1994 she was third, but won the title with a 45'- ¾" heave. In 1997, she set the NCAA Indoor record in the shot at while competing with a broken toe. The record stood for four years before Loras' Sara Nauman broke it. And she was known as the one who helped lighten the mood of practice, at times playing the role of the team ``clown'' to relax teammates.
A cum laude graduate in history and education, she won the 1997 Mark E. Weber Award that goes to the track athlete who best fills the goals of leadership and academics. She is a sixth grade teacher at Henry Clay Elementary School in Chicago, where she is a volunteer and coordinator for various school groups including the Boundless Reader's Group and the school spelling bee. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob, a co-owner of a local swim club, and their two children - Ryne and Kira.