UW Health Sports Medicine 

Katie Christner
Katie  Christner


Tinley Park, Ill.

High School:
Victor J. Andrew




2015: Played in all 52 games, starting 49 ... tallied a season-best two runs four times ... hit two doubles, one vs. DePaul (3/1) and one vs. Furman (3/13) ... was walked a career-high three times vs. New Mexico State (2/27) ... scored 22 runs, which ranked sixth on the team

Played in 41 games, starting in 24 ... went two-for-two with a run and double vs. North Dakota (4/9) ... recorded a career-high three hits, including a double and triple against Green Bay (4/16) ... scored two runs on three occasions

2013: Played in 40 games, starting in 26 ... recorded first career hit against Presbyterian (2/8) ... scored first career run at Charlotte (2/8) ... hit first career home run against Notre Dame (2/10) to lead the Badgers to a 6-5, 10-inning win over the Irish ... tied for seventh on UW freshman single-season stolen base record list with seven ... .875 stolen base percentage is tied for fifth

High School: Four-year letterwinner ... named first-team all-conference sophomore and junior year ... Southwest Suburban all-conference sophomore, junior and senior year ... Illinois Coaches' Association second-team sophomore, junior and senior year ... earned Scholar Athlete award all four years... earned Chicago Sun-Times all-area honorable mention junior year ... named Southtown Star all-area senior year ... earned Chicago Tribune all-state honorable mention senior year ... made Chicago Tribune Scholar Athlete team senior year ... named Victor J. Andrew Female Athlete of the year senior year ... head coach was Jim Holba ... letterwinner in volleyball sophomore year ... was a National Merit commended student and earned the Community Service Award for over 100 hours of service ... Graduated first in class of 530

Personal: Parents are Randy and Julie Christner... her father, Randy, played baseball at Cornell and mother, Julie, played soccer at Walsh University ... has two younger siblings, Kelly and Travis ... enjoys hanging out with friends and family, coaching the Grissom Middle School softball team and reading ... major is undecided

Why Wisconsin?

"It has an amazing mix of everything you could be looking for in a college experience (besides warm weather, of course). The campus, athletics, academics and social life are all top tier."

Off the Field with Katie

My favorite thing about Wisconsin Softball is: That my teammates have become my sisters. I've met my best friends through playing softball at Wisconsin.
Before each game, I:
Dance - in the locker room, during warmups, while we're waiting for the game to start, all of the above :)
A non-athletic talent I have is:
Memorizing song lyrics
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40:
Own a white Sport Range Rover ;)
Favorite Coach quote:
Coach Healy always has great quotes about the empowerment of women, which I love.
Most memorable softball achievement or favorite softball moment:
Being a part of the team that won the Big Ten Tournament my freshman year
If I could change one softball rule, it would be: 
That you don't have to wait until the pitcher releases the ball to steal
Best UW memory:
Roadtripping to the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis this past year with teammates. Although the football team didn't win, it was still an unforgettable experience.
If you were stranded on an island, which two teammates would you bring with you and why?
Taylor-Paige Stewart (she's a genius and also my best friend) and Mariah Watts (most entertaining person I've ever met in my life)
Greatest fear:
Approaching my sister when she is in a bad mood :)
What song would you put on the soundtrack to your life?
"The Soundtrack 2 My Life" by Kid Cudi (hehe)
If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family, which would it be?
Well, I think that my family should have its own sitcom, but if I had to choose, I would be Daenerys Targaryen's sister (Game of Thrones) so I could be a mother of dragons. (I know that's not necessarily a sitcom, but oh well.)
What is your favorite movie line or scene?
Favorite scene - when they sing "I'll Make A Man Out of You" in Mulan
What is your favorite book?
The Divergent Series (the books are much better than the movies)
Favorite athlete?
Either Derek Jeter (I'm still upset he retired) or Hines Ward (former Pittsburgh Steeler who was always smiling)
Best UW road trip?
When we played at Rutgers this past year, we took a train from New Jersey to New York City. We explored Times Square, and we even had our own tour guide (Mariah's mom, who lives in NYC)!!
Favorite team to play?
Michigan, since my younger sister is on the team!

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"It means being able to represent one of the best universities in the country, both on and off the field. Wearing the motion W on your chest is an incredibly humbling experience because of all the amazing Badger accomplishments in the past and future."

Season Highs
At Bats 4 (3x) MR at Michigan, May 4
Runs 2 (3x) MR at Michigan, May 2
Hits 3 vs. Green Bay, April 16
Doubles 1 (2x) MR vs. Green Bay, April 16
Triples 1 vs. Green Bay, April 16
Home Runs N/A
Runs Batted In 1 (3x) MR at Michigan, May 2
Walks 2 vs. Purdue, April 26
Strikeouts 2 (2x) MR at Michigan, May 4
Stolen Bases 2 (2x) MR vs. Purdue, April 26
Hitting Streak N/A
Career Highs
At Bats 4 (6x) MR at Michigan, May 4, 2014
Runs 3 vs. Eastern Michigan, March 16, 2013
Hits 3 (3x) MR vs. Green Bay, April 16, 2014
Doubles 1 (3x) MR vs. Green Bay, April 16, 2014
Triples 1 vs. Green Bay, April 16, 2014
Home Runs 1 vs. Notre Dame, February 10, 2013
Runs Batted In 3 vs. Presbyterian, Feb. 9, 2013
Walks 2 (2x) MR vs. Purdue, April 26, 2014
Strikeouts 2 (9x) MR at Michigan, May 4, 2014
Stolen Bases 2 (2x) MR vs. Purdue, April 26, 2014
Hitting Streak 4, March 3-10, 2013

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