Of Japanese-American descent, Rick Noji is noted for his local, national, and international accomplishments as a high jumper throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
During the mid 1980s, Noji was prominent in the high school track and field arena, winning two state championships in the high jump, one in the long jump, and one in the 200m. In 1984, competing for Franklin High School at the Metro League Championships, Noji set the all-time state high jump record at 7’ 4 ½” – a record that still stands almost 30 years later.
After his early success at the high school level, Noji went on to compete for the University of Washington Track and Field team, becoming one of the best athletes in the history of the program. As a high jump specialist, Noji was a six-time All-American, won a Pac-10 title, and finished third in the NCAA championships.
Currently the holder of the University of Washington high jump record at 7’6”, Noji was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1999.
From the University of Washington, Noji went on to further success at the national and international levels. He competed in four U.S. Olympic Trials (1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996) and three World Championships (1991, 1993, and 1995), topped by an eighth place finish at the 1991 World
Noji retired from competition in 1996 and went into the family business at Columbia Greenhouse. In the early 2000s, Noji moved on to a role at Fiber Cloud, a Seattle-based Internet company.