On Wednesday, UW senior pole vaulter Olivia Gruver was named National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
It isn’t the fact that Gruver — a standout senior from Reisterstown, Md. — was honored with the award, despite the fact that no other Husky has ever won it. After all, Gruver set the collegiate outdoor pole-vaulting record at the Stanford Invitational last spring — registering a height of 15-feet, 6.25-inches (or 4.73 meters). It broke the UW women’s school record by more than a foot, and the Pac-12 record by more than five inches.