PR: DT - 68.91m/226-1 (2006); SP - 20.10m/65-11.5 (2002)
Born: 1977, in Ashland, Ore.
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Post Falls (Idaho) HS ‘95
College: Washington State ‘00
Coach: Brad Rasmussen
Agent: Peter Stubbs
Career Highlights: 2-time USA champion ('05, '06); 2007 USA runner-up; 2006 World Cup bronze medalist; 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up; 8-time collegiate All-American; 2-time PAC-10 discus champion; 1997 Pac-10 shot put champion
Waltz ended the 2007 season ranked #1 in the U.S. by Track & Field News after finishing as the runner-up at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and placing eighth at the World Athletics Final. In 2006 he won his second consecutive U.S. title, finished third at the World Cup, posted a new personal best and ended the year ranked #4 in the world by Track & Field News. Waltz leaped onto the international stage in 2005 by winning his first-ever men's discus U.S. Outdoor title and placing fifth at the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Waltz increased his personal best to 66.95m/219-8 with his win in LaJolla, Calif.. A seven-time All-American and school discus record holder at Washington State University, Waltz finished second in the discus during the final day of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. His sixth and final throw of 64.69 meters/212 feet, 2 inches earned him a spot on the team. Waltz won Pac-10 Conference discus titles in 1997 and 2000, as well as the shot put title in 1997. A prep standout at Port Falls HS in Idaho, Waltz earned four track letters and three letters as a fullback and defensive end in football. As a senior he was the state champion in the shot put and discus, and as a junior he won the state shot put title and was second in the discus. The state record holder in the discus, Waltz was named the Idaho Athlete of the Year in 1995. A kinesiology major at WSU...first name pronounced "Eye-an."
2008: 1st at Salinas (68.90m/226-0)
2007: USA Outdoor runner-up (63.60m/208-8)... 7th in qualifying Group A. at World Outdoors (62.67m/205-7)...2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (63.31m/219-3)...2nd at Maui (67.98m/223-0)...2nd at Modesto Relays (66.54m/218-4)...3rd at Salinas Discus Series (65.88m/216-2)...6th at Rethimno (62.97m/206-7)...6th at Madrid (62.29m/204-4)...2nd at Heusden-Zolder (64.33m/211-0)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 67.98m/223-0.
2006: USA Outdoor champ (64.52m/211-8)...1st at Salinas (68.91m/226-1PR, U.S. Leader)...3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (65.27m/214-2)...4th at Athens Super Grand Prix (65.10m)...ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 68.91m/226-1.
2005: 1st at USA Outdoors (64.54m/211-9)...5th at World Outdoor Champs (64.27m/210-10)...1st at LaJolla (66.95m/219-8PR)...1st at Aliso Viejo (66.76m/219-0)...2nd at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (63.02m/206-9)...ranked #8 in world, #1 U.S. by T&FN...best of 66.95m/219-8.
2004: Runner-up at U.S. Olympic Trials (64.69m/212-3)...22nd in qualifying at Olympic Games (58.97m/193-5)...2nd at Chula Vista on July 3 (66.14m/217PR)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 66.14m/217-0.