Sherron Walker

Sherron Walker
Track & Field

Sherron is the only Snohomish County woman track and field Olympian. She represented the U.S. in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as a long jumper. She came within 1½ inches of making the finals. She was on course to qualify for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games but President Carter decided for the U.S. to boycott these games. Another of Sherron’s highlights during 1976 was being a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team that competed against the Soviet Union in a dual meet.

Sherron graduated from Everett High in 1975 and was a track and field athlete there. She was 4-time state champion long jumper and also competed in the 100, 220, and 440 and 880 relays and high jump. One of her teams, with only 5 qualifying for the state meet, won the state track and field championships. For over 30 years, she held both the Washington state all-time high school girls’ long jump record, which also ranks 6th all-time nationally for high schools.

After high school, she competed for Seattle Pacific University (SPU), California State University Long Beach (CSLB), and Nike Coast Track Club. She still holds the long jump records at both universities and is on SPU’s Women’s International Honor Roll and All-Time Roster for Track and Field. In 1976, she was the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national champion in the long jump making her the first SPU woman to win a national championship. For CSLB, she is 1 of 20 CSLB women All-Americans in track and field, and 1 of 15 CSLB’s U.S. Olympians. Also during her collegiate days, she competed internationally in Russia, Czechoslovakia, and Mexico as a member of the U.S. Pan American Games team.

Other noteworthy accomplishments/honors include:
· 1976, Everett Herald Woman of the Year in Sports.
· 1976, named to the collegiate All-American track and field team.
· 2005, Everett Herald’s Top 50 Athletes from Snohomish County.
· Personal Bests: 220 yard run – 23.5 (1977); Long Jump – 21-8½ (1976 @ the ’76 Olympic Trials).

Sherron and her family live in Elk Grove, CA where she has worked at a charter school teaching physical fitness, giving motivational speeches to youth groups and remaining active in sports herself–the latter at national age group levels in racquetball.


Sherron Walker