SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSHALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1998-2006Christina M. WajdaShore Regional Class of 1988Chris is a prime example of the versatility we speak of as she earned 11 varsity letters for sports. She also exemplifies courage and determination in overcoming what was a career threatening injury. Chris received her letters as follows: 4 in field hockey, 4 in softball, 1 in basketball and 2 in swimming. During Chris’ sophomore year she suffered a severely broken ankle while bicycle riding. This ended what appeared to be a promising basketball career. Chris, in a desperate attempt to return to field hockey on time, took to swimming. Not only did she do a great job of rehabilitating herself, but she turned out to be a good swimmer as well, earning 2 varsity letters in that sport! As it was, she did miss a good portion of her sophomore year in softball, having played only 8 games.
Chris was a 4 year starter and letter winner in softball at one of the key positions, that of catcher. When she was catching, it was like having another coach on the field. She knew the game that well. After her injury shortened sophomore year, and a good junior campaign with the usual honors, Chris came into 1988 with a purpose. She wanted to have a great year, team and personally. She had both. Here we go: Firstly, she was named Captain. Her season totals were 11 home runs (school record), 55 runs scored, 77 RBI’s (school record), and a .560 batting average. Chris’ team won everything - - “C” Division, Shore Conference Tournament, Central Jersey Group II, New Jersey Group II, and #1 Team in New Jersey (Newark Star-Ledger). Having been largely overlooked 1987 due to her injury, Chris also won everything in her senior 1988 season. They are: 1st teams in All-Division; All-Monmouth County; All-Shore, All-State Group II; All-State, All-Group; New York Daily New All-Star; Central Jersey All-Star; and by the way, “Athlete of the Week” of Red Bank Register. Chris’ career stats are 135 hits, 133 runs, 12 triples, 25 home runs, 3 RBI’s (these last 3 are school records) and a batting average of .530.
Chris’ exploits on the field hockey grass at Shore were just as impressive. A 4-year starter, Chris was All-County, 3 years; All-Shore, 3 years; All-State Group II, 3 years: All-State, All-Groups; and, 1st Team Penn-Monto All-American in her senior year of 1987. She was also named Asbury Park Press “Athlete of the Week” in her senior year, as well as, team captain. Chris led her teams to the customary Divisional Championships, a Central Jersey Group II Championship and a #6 Team ranking in 1985; a Shore Conference Title, Central Jersey and New Jersey Group II Titles and the overall State Team #1 ranking in 1986; a Shore Conference Title and Central Jersey Group II Title in 1987. In her senior year, Chris registered 42 goals (a school and Shore Conference record) and 20 assists to be the #2 scoring leader in New Jersey.
All of these achievements gave Chris a full scholarship to Division I University of Connecticut to play field hockey, and softball if she wanted to do so. While at the University of Connecticut, Chris started every game of her career. She was team Co-Captain in 1991, a North-South Senior All-Star, Big East AThlete of the Week, Most Outstanding Player at Big East Tournament in 1989, All-American honors in 1991, 1st Team Northeast Regional All-American in 1989, 1990 and 1991. In addition, she helped lead her team to 2 NCAA Tournaments.
Chris did find time to play 4 years of softball as well. Starting as a freshman, and named team Co-Captain in 1991. Chris managed to amss even more honors. She was named ECAC All-Star Team 1993; Florida State All-Tourney 1990; 1st team All New England, All Star, 1989,1990 and 1991; 1st Team Regional All-American 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993 (first player to receive this honor all 4 years at University of Connecticut). Chris also led her team to 4 NCAA tournaments and participated in the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma in 1993.
Chris also received the 1992 Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, the 1993 Scholar Athlete Award, was on the Deans list in 1989 and 1992 and recognized as the “Scholar Athlete” by both the Senator and Governor of Connecticut.
After graduation, Chris continued her contact with sports as she is head coach of softball at Monmouth University where she is entering her fourth year. Of course, she was 1995 Northeast Conference “Coach of the Year”.