She's "one of the best athletes ever at WPI," says Sue Chapman about one of her prize pupils.
Christine Clancy, as she was known in the early '80s, played a little basketball at WPI, but it was in field hockey and softball that she left her marks. She was a four-year letterwinner in those two outdoor sports.
Christine's WPI athletic career got off to a blazing start when she was named Female Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1981. And it just got better. As a senior, she captained both teams, and was named Team MVP in field hockey. She was the leading scorer on the 1985 field hockey team, which finished 13-7 and went on to compete in the AIAW Nationals at Sweet Briar, Va.
"Christine was a link who controlled every aspect of play on that squad," former head coach Chapman says. "We couldn't have advanced as far as we did without her." As a senior Christine was an All-New England and All-Region performer.
In her years on the squad (1981-83, 1985), her teams finished with an outstanding record of 64-25-3 for a splendid .712 winning percentage. In all four seasons, her teams reached postseason play, including a 6th-place national finish in the AIAWs in 1981. WPI reached the ECAC finals in 1983.
In softball, as a freshman, she batted .280 and played centerfield for a team that finished 10-7. She led the team in hitting as a sophomore with a batting average of .339. As a junior, she hit her high-water mark with a phenomenal .435. By the time she was a senior, she'd led her team with 18 RBIs in 18 games.
Christine was more than just an athlete at WPI. She was an RA in Stoddard and Riley residence halls; she was a Big Sister volunteer; she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. In the fall of 1985, the first year WPI's Co-op Program was offered, she worked for GTE Sylvania in Needham.
After receiving her B.S. in electrical engineering in January 1986, she went to work for Procter & Gamble, where she rose to positions of prominence. She transferred several times in her P&G life, from Quincy, Mass., to Cincinnati, to Guangzhou, China, to Bangkok, to Sacramento, where she now lives.
Today, Christine runs her own company, McNary Properties, where she purchases and manages multiresidential income properties.
For all her impressive credentials, it is an honor to induct Christine A. Clancy McNary into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.