Event: High Jump
PR: 2.01m/6-7 (1998)
Born: December 1, 1970, in South Boston, Va.
Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Halifax County HS (Va.) 88
College: North Carolina 92, Clark Atlanta 00
Coach: Nat Page
Agent: Nat Page
Club: Nats Athletic Training
Career Highlights: Five-time USA outdoor champion (96, 98, 99, 02, 04); five-time USA indoor champion (96, 98, 99, 00, 02); 1999 World Indoor Championships bronze medalist; 1998 Goodwill Games champion; 1991 World University Games bronze medalist; American indoor record holder; 2003 Visa Humanitarian Award recipient
Waller enjoyed another solid year in 2004 with her win at the Olympic Trials to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athensshe is the first American to rank as high as #2 globally (1998) in the high jump in 10 yearsWaller was inspired to take up track & field by her sister, Petra, a sprinter whose career ended with a broken leg in high schoolformerly a kindergarten teacher by profession, Waller won 1996 teacher of the year honors at Livsey Elementary in DeKalb County, Georgia, and in 2003 she was named USATFs Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Yearhas a masters degree in Education Leadership at Clark Atlanta UniversityIve wanted to get my masters for a long time, she saysnoted for her long work hours, she says, I dont know what its like to just concentrate on training.trains with coach Nat Page, a former world-class 400m hurdler and high jumpertook 2001 season off to finish her masters degree and return to teaching first grade at a brand new school, Wynbrooke Traditional Theme School in Stone Mountain, Georgiashe made her return memorable, winning USA titles indoors and outdoors in 2002trains with fellow Olympian Chaunte Howard.
2004: Olympic Trials champion (1.98m/6-6)Tied 9th in Group B and did
not advance at Olympic Games (1.89m/6-2.25)USA Indoors runner-up
(1.90m/6-2.75)1st at Mt. SAC (1.96m/6-5)2nd at Bergen (1.96m/6-5)1st at
Modesto (1.95m/6-4.75)1st at Gainesville (1.94m/6-4.25)1st at Home Depot
(1.98m/6-6)Tied for 1st at Millrose Games (1.92m/6-3.5)ranked #2 in the U.S.
by T&FNbest of 1.98/6-6.
2003: USA Indoor champion (1.97m/6-5.50)7th at World Indoors (1.96m/6-5)runner-up at USA Outdoors (1.92/6-3.5)stress fracture kept her out of World Outdoors1st at Verizon Millrose Games (1.95m/6-4.75)1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (1.98m/6-6)1st at Penn Relays Outdoors (1.93m/6-04.00)1st at Drake Relays (1.93m/6-4)1st at Modesto Relays (1.93m/6-4)Tied for 3rd at Oracle U.S. Open (1.95m/6-4.75)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 1.98m/6-6.
2002: Won USA Indoor HJ title (1.93m/6-4)won USA Outdoors (1.96m/6-5AL)1st at Gainesville, Fla. (1.94m/6-4.25)1st at Modesto (1.93m/6-4)4th at World Cup (1.96m/6-5)4th at Madrid (1.96m/6-5)1st at Florida Relays (1.94m/6-4.25)1st at Stanford (1.93m/6-4)1st at Millrose (1.95m/6-4.75iAL)ranked #1 in U.Sbest of 1.96m/6-5AL.
2001: Did not compete, finished masters degree and returned to teaching.
2000: Won USA Indoors 1.96m/6-5 and Air Force Millrose Games 1.89m/6-2.25...3rd at Olympic Trials 1.90m/6-02.75... ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1.94m/6-4.25.
1999: Bronze at World Indoors... won USA Outdoors (6-6.25) and Indoors (6-5)... equal 4th at World Champs (6-5)...ranked #7 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 6-6.75.
1998: Won USA Indoors with American record 6-7...won USA Outdoor Champs at 6-4.25...won Goodwill Games (6-5.5)... 3rd at World Cup (6-4)...ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 6-7.
1997: 6th at USA Outdoor Champs (6-0.5)...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 6-0.5.
1996: Won Olympic Trials (6-4.75)...tied for 9th at Olympic Games (6-4)...won USA Indoor (6-6.25)...ranked #10 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 6-6.25.
1995: 2nd at USA Outdoors (6-3.5)... tied for 17th in World Champs qualifying round (6-2.75)... 2nd at USA Indoor (6-5 PR)...7th at World Indoor (6-4)... won Olympic Festival ...8th at GP Final (6-2.75)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 6-6.
1994: 2nd at USA Outdoors Indoors...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 6-5.
1993: 4th at USA Outdoors...7th at GP Final...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6-4.25.
1992: Tied for 10th at Olympic Trials ...3rd at NCAA Indoor (6-2.25)...won ACC...3rd at NCAA Outdoors... ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6-3.5...also triple jumped 41-9.75.
1991: 3rd at USA Outdoors ...20th in qualifying at World Champs...2nd at NCAA Indoor (6-2)... won ACC...2nd at NCAA Outdoors ...bronze medal at World University Games...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6-4.
1990: Tied for 6th at NCAA Outdoors ...14th at NCAA Indoors (5-8)...best of 6-0.
1989: Won ACC...6th at USA Juniors...best of 5-10.
1988: Best of 5-10, also 18-5 LJ, 39-5 TJ.
1987: Best of 5-5, also 38-2.5 TJ.
1986: Best of 5-5.