Walker leads the nation in 800-meter race

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Shaquille Walker warms up at the MPSF indoor track and field championships in February. He ran the fastest time in the nation in the 800-meter race in Arizona this weekend. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Shaquille Walker ran the fastest 800 meter time in the nation to dominate the Cougars’ performance at the Sun Angel Classic in Arizona over the weekend.

With a time of 1:44.99, Walker is one of seven All-Americans in NCAA history to break 1:45.00 in that event.

“We’ve been preparing for this for quite some time now. I’ve been having dreams of what was going to happen in this race,” Walker said. “It feels amazing to come out and perform well.”

Walker was not the only BYU track and field athlete to hit a record-breaking time in Arizona.

Jesse White is now No. 4 in the country in the 400-meter race as his time of 45.92 also took fourth on BYU’s all-time list.

Shea Martinez-Collinsworth became third fastest in the nation and No. 4 all-time at BYU as she finished the 800 meters in 2:03.21.

Kaylee Packham finished the 400-meter hurdles in 58.65 to earn eighth place on the BYU all-time list.

The Cougars compete at the Mark Faldmo Invitational in Logan, Utah and the Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, California this weekend.

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