Shaquille Walker

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Shaquille Walker
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1993-06-24) June 24, 1993 (age 27)
Blue Island, IL
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport
CountryUnited States
Sport Track, Road running
Event(s) 800 metres, 400 metres
College team BYU Cougars
ClubBrooks Beast Seattle
Team Brooks Sports
Turned pro2016
Coached byDan Mackey
Retired2018

Shaquille Walker (born February 2, 1993 in Blue Island, Illinois) is an American retired track runner competing for the United States and a former Brigham Young University track student-athlete.

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Prep

Walker is African-American and born in Blue Island, Illinois. His family moved to Richmond Hill, Georgia when he was very young. Walker was raised Baptist. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in high school. He served a mission for The Church in the Manchester England Mission. Walker won 2011 Georgia High School Association AAAA state track and field title in 800 meters in a time of 1:53.27. Walker won 2010 Georgia High School Association AAAA state track and field title in 800 meters in a time of 1:51.71. [1]

NCAA

Walker finished third at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Walker finished third at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships. Walker finished fifth at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Walker finished tenth at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. Walker is a three time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation track and field champion (Once as a member of the 4 x 400 m relay team).

Walker finished his BYU career as the school record holder in the indoor 800 meters with a time of 1:46.97, set in 2016. He also was part of the Distance medley relay (DMR) squad that holds the program record with a time of 9:29.00, set in 2012, and the 4x400 Men's Relay squad that set the school record in 2015 with a 3:07.66 time. As an outdoor track and field athlete, Walker also holds the school record in the 800m with a time of 1:44.99, set in 2016. In 2015, Walker ran a 400m in 46:00 and sits in sixth place in the record books at Brigham Young University. His 4x400-meter relay squad holds the record with a time of 3:03.82 and the DMR record with a time of 3:14.74, both records set in 2015.

Walker qualified to compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and placed 11th overall with a time of 1:47.93.

The Curtis Pugsley Track and Field Award is BYU track and field's highest honor, given each year to one male and one female student athlete. The winners of the 2016 Curtis Pugsley Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award are Shaquille Walker and Shea Collinsworth. [2] Walker placed 17th in 800 meters 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics. [3]

Year MPSF indoor NCAA indoor NCAA Outdoor
2016800 m 1:46.97 1st800 m 1:47.50 3rd800 m 1:45.17 3rd
4x400 3:07.68 2nd
2015800 m 1:48.53 1st800 m 1:48.99 10th800 m 1:49.99 5th
4x400 3:07.66 1st
2012800 m 1:49.85 5th [4]
4x400 3:09.71 3rd4x400 3:06.81 15th [5] [6]

Professional

Walker placed 1st in 800 meters at 2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1:49.39.

Walker placed 6th in 800 meters at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1:46.60.

In June 2016, Walker signed a contract with Brooks Sports to represent their brand as a professional athlete. Walker placed 11th in 800 meters at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) in 1:47.93.

Walker placed 12th in 800 meters at 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1:47.02.

In January 2018, FloTrack announced his retirement. [7]

Major competition

In the summer of 2015 Walker received the gold medal in 800 meters at the 2015 Summer Universiade.

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Bloomington, Indiana 1st 800 m 1:49.39 [8] [9]
2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 6th 800 m 1:46.60 [10] [11]
2016 US Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 11th800 m 1:47.93 [12] [13]
2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 12th 800 m 1:47.02 [14]

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