Editor’s Note: This article is a press release from Brigham Young University.
BYU track athlete Shaquille Walker was named the NCAA Division I men’s National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Walker became the first NCAA athlete since 2012 to crack 1:45.00 in the 800 meters Saturday at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona. His 1:44.99 performance helped him coast to a first place finish by nearly two seconds.
He is one of seven athletes in NCAA history to break the 1:45.00 plateau in the 800 meters. Only one man in collegiate history has run a faster time in the month of April — South Carolina’s Otukile Lekota ran the event in 1:44.76 in April 2001.
The Richmond Hill, Georgia, native already owned the BYU school record in the 800 meters for both indoor and outdoor seasons prior to the Sun Angel Classic. He improved on his previous outdoor-best time by nearly one second.