Walker, Benjamin Earn Pac-10 Conference Medals

June 5, 2003

University of Washington seniors Paige Benjamin and Brad Walker have been named theUW's two recipients of the Pacific-10 Conference Medal. The medal is award to eachmember institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete bases on theexhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship,athletics and leadership.

Walker, the top-ranked pole vaulter in America, won the NCAA indoor pole vault title witha Pac-10 record mark of 19-feet, 0 1/4-inches, the sixth-best mark in NCAA history andthe third best in the world in 2003. His outdoor season was cut short when he broke hisright hand prior to the NCAA Regionals last month.

A graduate of University High in Spokane, Wash., Walker has been named to the academicall-district VIII team. The All-America team comes out later this month. A three-time All-American and a two-time Pac-10 champion, he was also an Academic All-Pac-10 first-teamselection last year (the 2003 team has not yet been announced).

Benjamin, a volleyball player from Redmond, Wash., wrapped up an outstanding career byearning first-team All-America honors after leading the UW to a 20-11 record and a second-round NCAA tournament appearance. She was also named an Academic All-American anda first-team All-Pac-10 selection.

Benjamin finished her career with the school records for single-season kills and careerhitting percentage and also ranks in the top 10 in career kills, attacks, block assists and totalblocks. She also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was one of only fivewinners of the John McClendon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship from the NationalAssociation of Directors of Athletics.

The 20 Pac-10 Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of thePac-10 Luncheon held in Los Angles in conjunction with the Pac-10 Men's BasketballTournament next March.

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