Blugold Hall of Fame
Kristi Griggs (Walston)
Kristi Walston was the Blugolds' first volleyball All-American, making the American Volleyball Coaches Association second team in 1987 and the first team in 1988. She was All-Conference three consecutive years and a member of the Blugolds' only conference championship team in volleyball, that occurring during the 1987 season when the Blugolds fashioned a 52-3 record, the best in school history. Overall, the Blugolds were 165-44 during Walston's career. She led the conference in kills and was second in blocks in 1987. She still holds school records for blocks in a match and blocks for a career. She also ranks second in career kills and third in career hitting percentage.
Walston, who prepped at West Allis Central, has lived in North Carolina since doing her internship for her corporate exercise management degree which she received in 1989. She has had a successful career in fitness, physical therapy, exercise management and health education. She received an Excellence Award from Burroughs Wellcome Co. in 1994. She is certified in CPR and as a First Aid Instructor. She also is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health/Fitness Instructor and Exercise Test Technologist. Her areas of interest and expertise include ergonomics, sport injury care and prevention and mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine.
After leaving Eau Claire, she stayed involved in volleyball, earning MVP honors during seven years as a USVBA player. She also coached a parochial high school team for two years.
Now a stay at home mother, Walston and husband Bobby who works for the North Carolina Department of Transportation in Aviation, have a 19-month-old son Andrew and are expecting their second child.