Huskies Named To WIAA Hall of Fame

April 5, 2010

RENTON, Wash. - Former University of Washington athletes Rick Noji and Joe Steel are among the 12 individuals and one team the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association will induct into its Hall of Fame next month.

The 2010 class will be inducted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton, Wash.

For more information on the 2010 WIAA Hall of Fame inductees and for tickets to the luncheon, contact Andy Barnes, WIAA Assistant Executive Director, at (425) 282-5237 or To view the full-length biographies of this year's inductees, please visit

Rick Noji
Franklin, 1985

Rick Noji was one of the best high school track and field athletes in the state of Washington. Rick won WIAA State Track and Field Championships in the high jump, long jump and the 200-meter race. In 1984, Rick set the all-time state high jump record (7'4') at the Metro League Championships. His record still stands today. After high school, Rick competed for the University of Washington Track and Field team and was a six-time All-American. Rick competed internationally in three World Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials.

Joe Steele
Bishop Blanchet, 1976

Joe Steele was one of the best running backs in Washington state football history. Joe helped his 1974 team win the WIAA 3A State Football Championship. He was a durable athlete who could run the ball over 25 times a game and never get injured. Joe ran for 3,814 yards and 44 touchdowns while at Blanchet. He went on to play football at the University of Washington and helped the team win the 1978 Rose Bowl.

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