Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field (1999-2002)
Inducted October 2011
Joel Atwater was a four-time winner in the 1,500 meters at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships. The former Taylor, Utah, native set the Weber State record for the 1,500 meters in 3:39.40 in 2001, a mark that still stands.
Atwater graduated from Fremont High School in 1998. Atwater was a key member of five Big Sky Conference championship teams with Weber State (the 2001 and 2002 indoor champions, and the 1999, 2001 and 2002 outdoor title-winning squads). He also was a six-time individual Big Sky champion, and claimed six All-America honors during his career.
Atwater was also a member of WSU’s school record-setting 4X400 meter relay team which set a Big Sky Conference record of 3:07.23 in 2001. He was named conference meet MVP that year.
Atwater scored an impressive 88 individual points at the 2003 Big Sky Outdoor Championships, the third-highest point total in Big Sky history, and second-best in WSU history. He also claimed meet MVP honors.
Atwater was a three-time NCAA Track and Field All-American in the 1,500 meters, as well as a three-time All-American in the mile run. He finished third in the NCAA Championships in the 1,500 meters in 2003, was sixth in 2001, and was ninth in 1999. He finished 18th in the 2001 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Atwater was a three-time All-American in the indoor mile where his best finish was fifth in 2001.
In the 1,500 meters -- Atwater’s specialty – he was a four-time Big Sky champion, with titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. He earned 14 All-Conference awards.
Atwater and his wife Jennifer have two children, Jake and Hailey. He does contract work as a test manager for Merrill Lynch.