SOPHOMORE SEASON (2003): Named an Academic All-America Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association ... earned Academic All-America Scholar Athlete honors from the U.S. Achievement Academy ... ranked among the top-30 players in Conference USA in batting average (.265) ... one of the top-35 players in the conference in fielding percentage (.990) ... finished the season third in C-USA in putouts with 361 ... led the Blazers in walks (16) ... ended the season second on the team in both batting average (.265) and hits (43) ... compiled 19 runs, 11 doubles, 60 total bases and a .331 on-base percentage ... started in all 56 games for the Blazers ... posted an impressive .316 batting average against left-handed pitchers ... finished the 2003 UAB Fall Tournament with a perfect 4-for-4 average, 3 RBI, two runs scored and a home run ... member of the 2003 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2002): Named an Academic All-America Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association ... played in 53 games and started in 47 ... led the team in both home runs (3) and fielding percentage (1.000) ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2001-02 academic season ... finished with a .235 batting average in 132 at-bats ... scored 11 runs on 31 hits and recorded two doubles and a triple ... ended the year with 16 RBI, 49 total bases and five walks ... registered nine assists and three sacrifice bunts ... posted a final on-base percentage of .262 and a .371 slugging percentage.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif. ... lettered all four years in softball for the Thundering Herd ... helped guide her team to the league championship in three-consecutive seasons, 1998-00 ... finished as the CIF Region runner-up in 2000 ... placed fourth in the CIF Region in 1998 ... earned the Stephanie Ledoux Tournament championship ... named all-conference and all-region ... won the team coaches award twice ... finished as a four-time academic letter winner ... named a Who's Who among High School Students ... named the Elk Grove Peer Counselor of the Year during the 2000-01 school year ... member of Renaissance all four years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Kristine Nicole Lara ... born Aug. 16, 1983, in Monterey Park, Calif. ... majoring in physical education with a minor in Spanish ... parents are Mauro and Sylvia Lara ... serves as UAB's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and is the school's conference and NCAA representative for the committee ... attended the NCAA Leadership Conference in May, 2003 and will once again be in attendance in May, 2005 ... attended the NCAA Convention in January, 2005 ... plans to study abroad this year.
Favorite TV Show: Supermarket Sweep
Favorite Movies: League of Their Own and Executive Decision
Favorite Musical Group: Linkin Park
Person I would most like to meet: Andruw Jones
Favorite Actress: Renee Zellweger