May 7, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior pole vaulter Brad Walker has been named the Pac-10's Field Athlete of the Week for the week ending May 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
The honor, Washington's third individual conference accolade in the past four weeks, is well-earned for Walker, a 1999 graduate of Spokane's University High School.
Despite strong winds that held down times throughout Saturday's dual-meet loss to Washington State, Walker vaulted 18-feet, one inch to shatter the school record of 18-0 1/2 set in 1992 by Garth Willard. The vault was four and a half inches beyond Walker's previous career-best, and ranks him third in the nation - and tops in the Pac-10 - with just one week of regular-season competition remaining before the conference championships, May 18-19 in Pullman.
Walker earned All-American honors in 2001 despite a stress fracture in his foot that required offseason surgery.
He is the third Husky to be honored by the Pac-10 in the past four weeks. Sophomore miler Eric Garner was named the conference's Track Athlete of the Week on Apr. 16, an honor duplicated by senior steeplechaser Mike Hill on May 3.