April 16, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington sophomore Eric Garner was named Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week for the week ending Apr. 14, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced late Monday. It is the first such honor for Garner, and the first for any Husky track and field athlete since Ja'Warren Hooker earned the honor in May of 2000.
Garner won both the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs at Saturday's Washington-Oregon Dual, and has posted Pac-10 qualifying marks at both distances this season. The Kelso, Wash., native's winning time of 1:50.80 in the half-mile - his first race at that distance this season - ranks sixth in the conference, while his 1500-meter time of 3:43.40 is the Pac-10's best, ranks sixth all-time at Washington, and is the seventh-fastest in the nation this year.
Garner made a name for himself during the indoor season when he became the first Husky ever to run a four-minute mile in Washington state, accomplishing the feat with a time of 3:58.93 at the Mar. 2 UW Indoor Qualifier at Dempsey Indoor. The following week, Garner earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the event at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.