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Walker takes two top-five finishes at NCAA track championship
Shaquille Walker
RHHS alumnus Shaquille Walker finished fifth in the 800-meter run and anchored BYU's 4x400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. - photo by BYU Photo by Jaren Wilkey

EUGENE, Oregon – Brigham Young University sophomore Shaquille Walker capped his stellar season with a pair of fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night.

Walker, a Richmond Hill High School graduate, ran the 800 meters in 1:49.99 to take fifth place and earn All-America honors.

“I think he ran a great strategic race,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “He put himself in a position to give it a run at the end, and gave it all he had. I'm proud of him and his season.”

Earlier in the season, Walker broke the school record with a time of 1:45.78 in the 800 meters at the Sun Angel Classic. It was the nation's second-best 800-meter time this year.

Walker also anchored the BYU men’s 4x400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish in Friday's NCAA final with a time of 3:05.56.

The first-team All-America squad of Walker, Mario Harper, Sean Adams and Jesse White broke a 44-year-old school record this season and ran its last three races faster than the record that had been set in 1971.

Walker qualified for the 800-meter final by coasting to a third-place finish in 1:46.24 on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The Cougars’ 4x400-meter team finished second in its semifinal heat with a time 3:04.94. Walker held off a pack of teams vying for second place.

The BYU men’s team scored 14 points overall, good for a 13th-place finish. Oregon won the team championship with 85 points, followed with Florida in second with 56 and Arkansas in third with 53.

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