News release date: Wednesday, May 13, 1998

Bradford, Two-Sport Star, Wins M. Borleske Honor

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Amanda Bradford, one of the most successful two-sport athletes in the history of women's athletics at Whitman College, has been named winner of the 1998 Mignon Borleske Athletic Trophy, which is presented annually to the school's outstanding female student-athlete.

The award recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

Bradford, a 1994 graduate of R.A. Long High School in Longview, Wash., earned all-conference honors in each of her four seasons on the Whitman women's basketball team. She also qualified for the NAIA national track & field championships in each of her four seasons.

Bradford, who holds the Whitman school record in the javelin event (146 feet, one inch), will compete in this spring's NAIA national track meet on Thursday, May 21, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She will fly back to Whitman the next day to take part in her commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 24.

In her first three trips to the national track championships, Bradford placed second, third and fourth.

A 5-foot-10 starting forward on Whitman's basketball team, Bradford led the Missionaries in scoring and steals in each of her four seasons. She also led Whitman in rebounding three times.

Bradford finished her Whitman career with 1,401 points, which ranks her No. 3 on the school's all-time scoring list for women's basketball. She also ranks among the all-time career leaders in rebounds (688), steals (240) and assists (201).

Bradford led the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) in scoring during her junior season, when she averaged 18.8 points per game. She was hampered by a knee injury during her senior season, but she still averaged 14.7 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Bradford was named to the NCIC second-team after each of her four seasons.

An English major at Whitman, Bradford is the daughter of Carmen Bradford of Longview, Wash.

The Mignon Borleske Trophy has been given to top female student-athletes at Whitman College since 1979.

For a complete of the winners, click here.

CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902