June 5, 2000
Troy Walters and Kerri Walsh were named 1999-2000 Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winners for Stanford University, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday. Conference Medals are awarded annually to each of the Conference member institution's outstanding male and female student-athletes. The awards are based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Perhaps the most prolific flanker in the history of Stanford football, The 1999 Offensive Pac-10 Player of the Year and consensus All-America Troy Walters was named the winner of the 1999 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He ranked second in the nation and first in the conference in receiving yards per game (132.4), also ranked sixth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running (170.6 ypg), and 16th nationally and second in the Pac-10 with 6.7 receptions per game, he led Stanford to its first Rose Bowl appearance in nearly 30 years. Walters broke the school and conference records in career receptions (245 Pac-10, 244 Stanford) and career receiving yards (3,995 Pac-10, 3, 986 Stanford). He also holds conference and school records for receiving yards in a season with 1,456 in 1999, and the longest pass play (98 yards vs. UCLA Sept. 25, 1999). He holds Stanford records for receptions in a season with 86 in 1997 and receiving yards in a game (278 vs. UCLA Sept. 25, 1999). He is the first Stanford player to record two 1,000-yard receiving seasons. In addition to his feats on the field, Walters was a three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection, a First Team Academic All-America honoree in 1999, named a Burger King Scholar-Athlete and was nominated for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The 1999 AVCA Co-National Player of the Year in women's volleyball, standout outside hitter Kerri Walsh also earned a Pac-10 Conference Medal. Honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1998 and '99, Walsh was a four-time First Team AVCA All-America selection, becoming only the second player in NCAA women's volleyball history to earn First Team All-America honors for four years. She was also a four-time All-Conference selection. She led the 1999 team in digs with 3.14 dpg, and ranked second on the team in kills (3.27 kpg) and blocks (1.33 bpg). In her career at Stanford, she helped the Cardinal to two national titles, three Final Four appearances, four NCAA showings, four Pac-10 crowns and a 122-11 (.917) record. Named the 1996 National Freshman of the Year, she garnered 1999 Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Female Athlete of the Year honors, and was named to the USA National Volleyball Training Team for 2000.
These two outstanding athletes have been instrumental in helping Stanford to consecutive Sears Cup Awards the first three years of their collegiate careers with the Cardinal. Their performances have also helped to give Stanford the lead in the Sears Cup race for the 1999-2000 season.