Huskies' Walker Earns First-Team Academic All-District Honors

May 29, 2003

SEATTLE - Husky senior Brad Walker, whose record-setting season wasended Wednesday by a broken hand, was one of 11 West Region men's athletesnamed Thursday to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII first-team. Thehonor puts Walker on the ballot for Academic All-America consideration, resultsof which will be announced June 17.

A graduate of Spokane's University High, Walker boasts a 3.52 grade-pointaverage in business administration at Washington, with an emphasis in financeand marketing. The senior earned first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors a yearago.

A three-time NCAA All-American, Walker in 2003 capped a brilliant career withone of the most outstanding individual seasons in Washington history. Thesenior earned his second-consecutive Pac-10 championship in the pole vault onMay 17, and won the NCAA Indoor Championship in March, clearing a Pac-10 recordheight of 19 feet, 0 1/4 inch.

The vault equaled the sixth-best in NCAA history, ranks Walker in a tie forthird in the world in 2003, and is tied for the best mark by an Americanvaulter this year.

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