Kristi was a three sport athlete at Peninsula High School playing soccer, basketball, and running track.
In track and field, Kristi did many events, but came to focus on the triple jump and 4x100 and 4x200 relays. She ran on several of Peninsula’s state placing relays in the 1990's, but the highlight of her high school career was winning the AA state triple jump title on her last attempt in 1995, her senior year, with a leap of 37’ 3¾”.
Upon graduating, Kristi enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University and began training for the hepthathlon. After four years of striving, she earned NCAA III All-American designation in four different events her senior year: heptathlon, long jump, 100H, and 4x100m Relay. She held the Northwest Conference meet record in the heptathlon of 4725 points until 2017, and her runner-up score of 4824 at the NCAA Division III National Meet that year was, at the time, the highest non-winning score in the history of NCAA III. It remains a PLU school record.
Kristi is still the only four event All-American in PLU history, and contributed 17 points to the team effort that resulted in a 3rd place finish for PLU nationally. She was named Northwest Conference Athlete of the Meet for her six event, 39.5 point performance at the Northwest Conference Meet, and was also named PLU’s senior athlete of the year for 1999. She also found time to play goalkeeper and forward for three seasons for the PLU soccer team.
Kristi is in her 16th year of coaching hurdles at Gig Harbor, and her knowledge and experience has led the hurdlers to be strong contributors to the Tides’ team effort. She coached 2008 state 4A champion Bree LeRoy and 2018-19 repeat 110H boys 3A state champion Jurrian Hering. All four hurdle school records at Gig Harbor are held by athletes she coached. She has demonstrated for track and field clinics at both Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound Universities, the Northwest All-Sports Clinic, and the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association. Kristi also completed the USTFCCCA Coaching Academy's Track and Field Technical Certification course in 2011 and 2014.
Kristi majored in graphic arts with a minor in business while at PLU, and now works as a Technical Product Manager in customer training for The Boeing Company. She is also the designer of this website. Her competitive track and field days done, she is an avid racquetball player who loves to mountain bike, hike, sea kayak, and hang out on their boat with Murphy, the silly catahoula dog.