Holliday Named West Regional Women's Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year

June 4, 2003

EUGENE - Redshirt senior Becky Holliday was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Track Coaches Association as the West Regional Women's Track and field Athlete of the Year.

The Sparks, Nevada native was one of 18 men and women selected that will be honored prior to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships at the Mondo Coaches Banquet Monday at Sacramento State University, and will be up for the national honor that will be announced next week.

The three-time All-American Holliday has led the collegiate pole vault rankings most of the 2003 outdoor season, and most recently in May she won titles with school records of 14-6 in the Pacific-10 Championships and 14-8 in the West Regional Championships. The latter mark broke the American collegiate record by 1/4 inches and moved her to sixth all-time on the U.S. list, while the former stood as a conference meet record. During the outdoor regular season, she also cleared 14 feet with a then-school record in the Mt. SAC Relays (second, 14-5 1/4). Indoors in 2003, she added her third All-America honor in the NCAA Championships (second, 14-3 1/4) with a then-school record after topping 14 feet in the Mountain Pacific Championships (second, 14-1 3/4).

The men's recipient from the West Regional was Washington pole vaulter and 2003 NCAA indoor champion Brad Walker.

Other women's district athletes of the year included: Northeast region-Kate O'Neill, Yale; Mid-Atlantic-Elizabeth Bayne, Pittsburgh; Southeast-Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina; South-Candice Scott, Florida; South Central-Raasin McIntosh, Texas; Great Lakes-Molly Huddle, Notre Dame; Midwest-Perdita Felicien, Illinois; and Mountain-Johanna Nilsson, Northern Arizona.

Men's district athletes of the year included: Northeast district-Peter Riley, Iona; Mid-Atlantic-Sam Burley, Pennsylvania; Southeast-Ken Ferguson, South Carolina; South-Marquis Davis, Mississippi State; South Central-Dan Lincoln, Arkansas; Great Lakes-Boaz Cheboiywo, Eastern Michigan; Midwest-Christian Cantwell, Missouri; and Mountain-Drew Loftin, Colorado State.

More information on the U.S. Track Coaches Association can be found at the http://www.ustrackcoaches.org website.

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