June 5, 2003
University of Washington seniors Paige Benjamin and Brad Walker have been named the UW's two recipients of the Pacific-10 Conference Medal. The medal is award to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete bases on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Walker, the top-ranked pole vaulter in America, won the NCAA indoor pole vault title with a Pac-10 record mark of 19-feet, 0 1/4-inches, the sixth-best mark in NCAA history and the third best in the world in 2003. His outdoor season was cut short when he broke his right hand prior to the NCAA Regionals last month.
A graduate of University High in Spokane, Wash., Walker has been named to the academic all-district VIII team. The All-America team comes out later this month. A three-time All- American and a two-time Pac-10 champion, he was also an Academic All-Pac-10 first-team selection last year (the 2003 team has not yet been announced).
Benjamin, a volleyball player from Redmond, Wash., wrapped up an outstanding career by earning first-team All-America honors after leading the UW to a 20-11 record and a second- round NCAA tournament appearance. She was also named an Academic All-American and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Benjamin finished her career with the school records for single-season kills and career hitting percentage and also ranks in the top 10 in career kills, attacks, block assists and total blocks. She also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was one of only five winners of the John McClendon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Association of Directors of Athletics.
The 20 Pac-10 Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-10 Luncheon held in Los Angles in conjunction with the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament next March.