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.