Former track and field standout Undrae Walker returns to the spotlight once again as he will be inducted into the USTFCCCA Athletes Hall of Fame this spring, making him the third Stanislaus athlete to receive this honor.
The US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association will present its annual awards and induct the newest hall of fame class on May 25 at Cal State Stanislaus. The ceremony will follow the NCAA Championships banquet.
Walker will join former Warriors Carrie Luis and current Cal State Stanislaus head coach Geoff Bradshaw in the Hall of Fame. Luis, a middle distance runner was inducted in 1999. Bradshaw, who was a decathlete, entered the Hall in 2008.
Walker was a two-time Stanislaus Athlete of the Year but that's just the tip of the iceberg of an inspirational career.
As a true freshman in 1991, Walker became the school record holder for the high jump en route to capturing a conference championship. Walker then finished eight at nationals, earning All-American status.
In 1992, he reclaimed his high jump conference title before finishing fourth place at the NCAA Championships. Once again in 1993, Walker added another conference champion title and improved to third place at nationals. Finally in 1994, Walker won his fourth straight title but this time would go on to become the NCAA Division II National Champion in the high jump.
By the time Walker's college career had come to an end, Walker had collected four All-American honors, four conference titles, a conference championship record, and a school record height of 7 feet 1 ¾ inches, which still stands today.
Walker was the only four-time Northern California Athletic Conference high jump champion before the conference disbanded in 1996.
“Undrae was instrumental in our conference championship and performance at the national championships,” said associate athletics director and former head coach Kim Duyst, a member of the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame.
“Not only has Undrae accomplish great feats on the track, he continues to be successful in his career and the community.”
Walker graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 1995 with a B.A. in Physical Education. Today, Walker is a principal at Reyn Franca School in Denair and his love for both basketball and track and field has led him to pass on his knowledge to the youth of the community. In his spare time, Walker is a coach at Pitman High School and has held clinics for both basketball and track and field in the area.
Walker was inducted into the CSUS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.