Sunday, February 24, 2008

Brad Walker vaults to his third USA Indoor title...

While not exactly happy with his overall performance Saturday night, Brad Walker's winning mark of 18-8 1/4 was good enough to garner him his third USA indoor pole vault title at the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

Walker's national indoor title earns him a trip to Valencia, Spain for the IAAF World Indoor Championships March 7-9, where he is the defending world indoor champ.

Walker, a former Washington Husky currently residing in Mountlake Terrace, opened with a first attempt clearance at 18-4 1/2, and was the only jumper to clear 18-8 1/4.

Collegian Rory Quiller of SUNY/Binghampton was a surprise second place finisher, jumping a personal best 18-4 1/2, but will not join Walker, as he does not have the qualifying standard of 18-8 1/4. Quiller's spot will be taken by Derek Miles, who won a jumpoff against Toby Stevenson.

Afterwards, Walker said, "I had gotten a little banged up in a meet in Glasgow, Scotland. My ankles and feet took a hit in the plant box. But I'm pretty much back to normal now. This was the plan from the beginning to compete indoors, head for the world indoors and then begin gearing up for the outdoor trials. I was pleased with the way I competed today. For some reason it's tough to get a really good mark here. Not sure why. But I'll take the win."

You can also see a video interview of Walker here, courtesy of

Current Husky pole vaulter Scott Roth finished eighth with a mark of 17-0 3/4. He will have two meets to attain the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 18-0 1/2, starting with the MPSF Championships this coming Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington.

Former Husky Ryan Brown, representing Asics, finished second in his first round heat behind Olympian Khadevis Robinson. Robinson ran 1:48.88, while Brown, the 2007 NCAA indoor champ, ran 1:49.10 to advance to Sunday's finals.

Another former Husky, Bruce Jackson, representing Club Northwest, finished fifth in 1:54.23 in his first round heat, and failed to advance. Former Tacoma prep standout Craig Everhart finished fifth in his heat of the men's 400, running 48.79.

In today's concluding events at the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Club Northwest's Kate Conwell & Jennie Sewell will compete in the women's pole vault, while Washington senior Norris Frederick will participate in the men's long jump, and Ryan Brown will run in the finals of the men's 800m.

Former Seattle resident Tiombe Hurd competes in the women's triple jump finals, while another former Tacoma prep standout, Courtney Jaworski, runs in the men's 1500m finals.

The AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be shown today starting at 5:00 p.m. ET (2 pm in Seattle), on ESPN2. Live results will also be posted at

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