Brittany Thune Lindberg is one of the top cross country/track athletes during the Division I era. During her time as a Bruin from 2006-2010, she found success on the cross country course and on the track. In cross country, she won back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference Individual Titles, was twice named A-Sun Runner of the Year, and was a four-time All-Conference performer. On the track, she won A-Sun event titles in the 5000 and 10,000 meters and also was a NCAA Regional qualifier in the 1500 and 5000 meters. The South Dakota native recently spoke with BelmontBruins.com about her time at Belmont and her present endeavors.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont for several reasons – 1) because I loved country music and always had a dream of going to school in Nashville and 2) because I wanted to have an impact and play a larger role on a team – and I knew at a smaller university I would be able to do that. Belmont heavily recruited me for cross country and track and I was always impressed by the time and effort the team put into getting me there. Instead of going to a large state school where I wouldn’t have been able to contribute as much, attending Belmont enabled me to, as a freshman, contribute and help the team succeed right away.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Individually, it was my senior year when I won the Atlantic Sun Conference Individual Title (in cross country) and was named A-Sun Conference Runner of the Year in back-to-back years (2008, 2009). I was also named All-South Region both of those years. But even more gratifying was helping my team achieve three consecutive cross country conference championships in a row (my freshman through junior year/2006-2008). It’s a great feeling – making your school and athletic department proud!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
This is such a hard question as there were so many wonderful people – both faculty and athletic staff that made my experience so memorable. I was always so grateful to the faculty for being helpful and understanding when I would have to miss class for sports. Furthermore, I greatly appreciated the continued encouragement and support from Belmont President Bob Fisher. In addition, members of the athletic staff, including Mike Strickland, Coach Rick Byrd, Colette (Keyser), Renee (Schultz), Heather (Copeland), and John (Langdon) were so positive, helpful, and supportive.
I also learned valuable lessons from my coach, Seth Sheridan, Jeff Langdon, assistant coach Bill Taylor and grad assistant Jessica Schmidt. They helped teach me the value of teamwork – seeing past my individual goals and rather focusing on how I, as a leader, could make the team better. Finally, I couldn’t have achieved what I did without my good friend, teammate, and mentor Lauren Williams Weaver, as well as friend/competitor Mackenzie Howe from Kennesaw State who encouraged, challenged, and pushed me to reach my highest potential as an athlete.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
The value of teamwork - helping and inspiring those around you to reach their full potential.
What advice would you give to current members of the cross country team?
To invest in each other and the team. A team is only as strong as its weakest link – and the relationships and investments made on a team are priceless. What you can accomplish together is so much greater than what you can accomplish alone.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
I have two professors that had a great impact on my time at Belmont – in the business school, Professor John Maslyn, and in the political science department, Dr. Vaughn May. Both of these professors invested time in helping me reach my full potential as a student. They took the time to meet with me as I outlined various goals – they encouraged me to look beyond college and towards a career. They challenged me – and that to me was the best support.
Where do you live now?
What is your current occupation?
I direct the political fundraising for a trade association (The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers) that represents insurance brokerage firms across the country. In sum, I work with the CEO and leadership teams from various mid to large-sized brokerage firms and help them raise money within their company to support my organization’s political action committee. The money we raise then goes to support Members of Congress (both Republican and Democrat) who are leaders on issues that affect the insurance industry. In addition to my work as PAC Director for The Council, I also co-founded and co-chair an organization called RightNOW Women PAC – which provides young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s an opportunity to become politically engaged by supporting qualified women to federal office.
Tell us about your family.
My husband Luke and I met in the spring of 2012 in Washington and were married the day after Valentine’s Day in 2014 (in Middleburg, Virginia). He is originally from the Vermont/New Hampshire area, attended the University of Maryland, and currently works as a Managing Consultant for IBM. We both enjoy traveling, being outdoors, exercising, and are actively involved in politics and in our church community.
If you are a former Belmont student-athlete and want to particpate in this series, please contact John Langdon at email@example.com.