WWC softball player takes bronze

at World Masters Games

By: Kristi Spurgeon

Cristen Miller, a junior civil engineering major at Walla Walla College, was part of a bronze-winning slow pitch softball team at the Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games.

Miller was part of the only team from the United States in the 35-44 year old bracket. Their co-ed team, called “Masters of Disaster,” participated in a six-game round robin, ending up in third place.

Eighty-two countries participated in the Games, held July 22-31 in Edmonton, Alberta. They are held every four years and are “like Olympics for people over 25,” says Miller. The World Masters Games are the largest multi-sport event in the world. Nearly 16,000 athletes from 27 different sports participated in the Opening Ceremonies.

“It was an amazing experience,” Miller says. “I met people from all over and made lots of new friends.”

She learned about the Games from Walla Walla police officer Ray Clayton, who was already involved with the team and called when they needed another player. “We had so much fun! We’re already planning for the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia,” Miller says.

Miller has been playing softball since she was five and plays third base on the Walla Walla College women’s softball team.

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