June 24, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior pole vaulter Brad Walker shattered his personal best this weekend with a mark of 18-feet, six inches at the 2002 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field Complex. The mark is nearly four inches beyond Washington's school record, also held by Walker, and ranks among the top-10 in Pac-10 history, but will be not be officially listed as such since it occurred after the NCAA Championships, which mark the end of the collegiate season.
The vault earned Walker, the 2002 conference champion, a sixth-place finish against a world-class field. American record holder and 1996 U.S. Olympian Jeff Hartwig claimed his second U.S. Outdoor title, winning the event with a vault of 19-2.
An All-American in 2001, Walker sat out much of the 2002 indoor season while rehabilitating from offseason foot surgery. The Spokane, Wash., native returned in March and immediately began climbing the Husky record books, culminating in a second-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships, with a school-record vault of 18-2 1/2.
Also competing in the senior division was miler Eric Garner, whose mark of 3 minutes, 43.21 seconds in the 1,500 meters earned the Husky sophomore a ninth-place finish. Garner's mark was a personal-best in the event, and would rank fifth all-time at Washington.
While Walker and Garner represented Washington in Senior Nationals competition, several other Huskies participated in the Junior Nationals, held simultaneously.
Leading the way in the Junior events was freshman distance runner Lindsey Egerdahl, who placed fourth in the 1,500 meters in a personal-best time of 4:30.93. Egerdahl's outstanding performance was matched by fellow freshman Andy Fader, who was fourth in the men's 1,500 meters in 3:52.94.
Freshman pole vaulter Kate Soma, who established school records in the event both indoors and outdoors in 2002, was third in the event at 12-11 1/2, just four inches shy of Junior National Champion Lacy Janson of Florida State.