Returning NCAA indoor pole vault champion and three-time NCAA All-American will use final season of indoor eligibility in 2004, but has no remaining outdoor eligibility ... will instead turn his attention to qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Games. 2002-03: Named MONDO West District Track and Field Athlete of the Year after a season in which he ranked as high as third in the IAAF World Rankings ... led to Verizon's 2003 Academic All-America team for combined success in athletics and academics ... was a recipient of the Pac-10 Medal, awarded to the top male and female student-athletes at each Pac-10 institution ... was also named Washington's Student-Athlete of the Year, and received first-team Academic All-Pac-10 acclaim ... captured the NCAA indoor pole vault title with a vault of 19-0 1/4 that was nearly nine inches beyond his nearest competitor, and equaled the winning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships ... became the first athlete in Pac-10 history to clear 19 feet, breaking by three inches the previous Pac-10 record of 18-9 1/4 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson in 2000 ... finished the indoor season tied with American Derek Miles and France's Romain Mesnil for third in the 2003 IAAF World Rankings, and tied Miles for the best indoor vault by an American in 2003 ... mark tied for 12th overall in the final IAAF 2003 Comprehensive World Rankings, combining indoor and outdoor performances ... equaled the sixth-best mark in NCAA history ... outdoors, saw his bid for an NCAA Championships double dashed by a broken hand just days prior to the NCAA West Regional meet ... was at the time the nation's top-ranked vaulter, with a school-record best outdoor mark of 18-6 1/2 ... won second-straight Pac-10 title in May, clearing 18-2 1/2 in what would be the final outdoor vault of his UW career.
2001-02: Returned from offseason foot surgery to post one of the finest seasons ever by a UW vaulter ... solidified his spot as the top pole vaulter in school history with a UW-record vault of 18-6 in a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Senior National Championships in June ... set school pole vault record three times during the 2002 outdoor season ... vaulted a then-record 18-2 1/2 in a runner-up finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships ... earned All-America honors for the second time in his UW career ... at the Pac-10 meet in Pullman, Wash., became the first Husky since 1972 to win a conference title in the pole vault, soaring 18-0 1/2 ... first broke school record with a vault of 18-1 at the WSU Dual, half an inch beyond the 10-year-old mark of 18-0 1/2 set by Garth Willard in 1992 ... named the Pac-10's Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his effort ... finished in the top-five in every regular-season competition ... indoors, won three of four events entered, improving his season-best mark each time ... posted indoor season-best of 17-2 3/4 in a victory at the Husky Classic ... earned first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
2000-01: Despite an undiagnosed broken foot, finished the season in a tie for 12th at the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore. ... notched four victories on the season, and placed below second in just one of eight regular-season competitions ... had career-best vault of 17-7 in fifth-place finish at Mt. SAC ... earned indoor All-American honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... had career-best vault of 17-11 3/4 in the finals at the NCAAs, nearly three inches better than previous career best ... won four-consecutive indoor pole vault titles to close out the regular season, including the MPSF Championship.
1999-2000: Placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a height of 16-9 1/2, his best on the season ... notched a first-place finish at the Washington Quad meet with a vault of 15-1 ... during the indoor season, placed fourth at the MPSF Championships with a season-best indoor vault of 16-2 3/4.
High School and Personal: Born June 21, 1981 in Aberdeen, S.D. ... parents are Diana and Thomas ... has an older sister, Tanya ... led University High to consecutive state track and field championships in 1998 and 1999 .... named All-Greater Spokane League following his senior season ... was 1999 regional and district pole vault champion and finished second at the state meet ... placed seventh in the state as a junior... also lettered in football ... a three-time letterwinner ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... graduated with a 3.89 GPA.
UW Career Bests
Pole Vault....... 18-6 1/2
Pole Vault (indoor)....... 19-0 1/4