Walker Wins Second-Straight U.S. Indoor Vault Title

Feb. 25, 2006

BOSTON - Former Husky Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 10 ½ inches Saturday at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, successfully defending his U.S. indoor vault title and earning a spot on the U.S. National Team at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships in March.

Walker -- who still trains with UW assistant coach Pat Licari at Washington's Dempsey Indoor -- won the U.S. indoor pole vault title for the second-straight year, and captured his third-consecutive U.S. title overall, including a win at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships last June. The Spokane native will join runner-up Jeff Hartwig in Moscow, Russia, at next month's world indoor championships.

'I think we all have aspirations of winning the world championships,' Walker said afterward, in response to a question about his chances of winning the gold in Moscow next month. 'My goal here was to make the [U.S.] team. I've been working hard to train consistently and train healthy; this has been a big factor in my development.'

Since graduating from Washington in 2004 with a Pac-10 record and pair of NCAA indoor titles, Walker has soared to No. 1 in the IAAF World Rankings, and won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. His lifetime best of 19 feet, 6 ½ inches is the sixth-best ever by an American male, and was the top mark in the world last year.

For complete results from the 2006 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

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