County Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Krista Colburn Monrean

The Kamiak graduate was a standout softball player at UCLA from 2005-08.

Krista Colburn Monrean, a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, graduated from Kamiak and played softball at UCLA. (Photo provided by Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

Krista Colburn Monrean, a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, graduated from Kamiak and played softball at UCLA. (Photo provided by Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

Krista Colburn Monrean

Inducted as: Athlete

High school: Kamiak class of 2004

Sport: Softball

Colburn is one of the best softball players ever produced by Snohomish County.

A four-time All-Wesco South shortstop during her time at Kamiak, Colburn went on to roam the outfield at collegiate powerhouse UCLA, starting 233 consecutive games from 2005-08. She compiled a career .319 batting average to go along with 19 home runs, 116 RBI, 135 runs, 22 stolen bases and 99 walks.

Colburn’s four years at UCLA included no shortage of honors.

In 2005 as a freshman Colburn was named to the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team as the Bruins finished as national runners-up. Her performance at the Women’s College World Series earned her the title of The Herald’s 2005 Woman of the Year in Sports.

In 2007 as a junior Colburn led UCLA in batting (.382) and runs (50) while adding seven homers, 32 RBI and 11 steals. She was named first-team All-Pac-10, first-team All-Region and second-team All-American.

In both 2006 and 2008 Colburn was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as UCLA reached the Women’s College World Series each year.

While in college Colburn spent the summers playing for the Schutt Hurricanes, with whom in 2005 she won the ASA national championship and was named an All-American.

After her playing career was over Colburn spent a year as an undergraduate assistant coach at UCLA. She then returned to the Pacific Northwest where she coached for two years with the Rijo Athletics, with whom she won regional championships and qualified for nationals both years.

n This is the second of nine profiles on the 2020 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame induction class. This year’s banquet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the inductees will be officially honored at the 2021 banquet.

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