Walker , Caroline
Caroline Walker set a world record for women in the marathon when she was a 16-year old junior at Portland's Grant High School. Although she was young and stood only 5-foot-1 and weighed just 90 pounds she ran the Trail's End Marathon in Seaside in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 53 seconds for a world record in her first marathon. Injuries slowed her running career and she never ran another marathon. In 1972 and 1973, she represented the United States in the world women's cross country championships placing ninth in 1972. She attained All-American status and won the Oregon Road Runners Club triathalon six years in a row (1972-1978.) In 1970, she was second in the Amateur Athletic Union's women's 3,000 meters and was the Oregon Girls' high school mile champion the same year. Walker attended the University of Oregon in the early 1970's and was coached part-time by the legendary Steve Prefontaine. Health problems took Walker away from competitive track until 1981 when she competed for Oregon State University and set a school record of 35 minutes 44 seconds for the 10,000 meters.