Trials-Bound Former Husky Earns Academic All-America Honors

June 22, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - Former Husky Brad Walker, who completed his collegiate career in March with a second-consecutive NCAA indoor pole vault title, was one of 16 collegiate track and field athletes honored Tuesday with a place on the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team. The honor, voted on by collegiate sports information directors nationally, was the second-straight for Walker, who was also named to the Academic All-America team in 2003.

A graduate of Spokane's University High, Walker earned a degree in business administration in June, completing his collegiate coursework with a 3.50 grade-point average.

Since exhausting his eligibility with an Olympic Trials-qualifying effort in his win at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, Walker has soared to No. 2 in the world rankings, while competing professionally at meets throughout the U.S. and Europe. The four-time NCAA All-American placed third at last weekend's Prefontaine Invitational with a clearance of 19-0 1/4, and owns a 2004 season best of 19-1 that is second only to Stanford grad Toby Stevenson in the 2004 IAAF World Outdoor Rankings.

The second-ranked U.S. vaulter outdoors, Walker needs only to finish in the top three at July's U.S. Olympic Trials to earn a bid to Athens. The two-time NCAA and Pac-10 champion has competed on U.S. soil against America's best on seven occasions this year, and has placed third or better in five of those seven competitions.

Walker won his first national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2003, clearing a Pac-10 record height of 19-0 1/4, more than nine inches beyond his nearest competitor and equaling the sixth-best vault in NCAA history. The Spokane native was named MONDO's West District Track and Field Athlete of the Year, and earned Student-Athlete of the Year honors at the University of Washington's annual year-end awards banquet.

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