AS A JUNIOR: Distance and cross country runner who focused on cross country as a junior … ran in his first cross country meet of the season at the Pre-NCAA meet in Terre Haute, Ind., placing 102nd with a time of 25:02 … earned all-BIG EAST honors at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships by finishing 13th in 24:58 … finished 44th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (32:29), helping the Irish move on to the NCAA Championships … placed 66th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, posting a time of 30:53, helping the Irish place 19th in the nation … ran distance events during the track season … placed second behind teammate Patrick Smyth in the 5,000 meters at the season-opening Blue and Gold Invitational … made second appearance of the season at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, narrowly missing all-BIG EAST honors in the 10,000 meters by finishing in fourth with a time of 30:46.05 … placed sixth in the 5,000 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational (14:48.04).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in five meets for the Irish cross country squad … finished 30th in 24:31 at the Notre Dame Invitational … ran the Pre-National race in 24:03 to finish 47th … clocked a time of 24:37 to finish 26th at the BIG EAST Championship … finished 14th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 31:14 … covered the 10,000 meters of the NCAA Championship in 31:24 to finish 134th … opened the indoor track season with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Blue and Gold Invitational, clocking in at 14:17.01 … ran the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational in 4:08.25 to finish fourth … finished 18th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:43.36 at the Meyo Invitational … finished fifth in the 5,000 meters in 14:14.29 and sixth in the 3,000 meters in 8:14.74 at the BIG EAST Championship … closed out the season with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:12.87 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN: Had a very good debut season for the Notre Dame cross country and track squads … ran in six meets for the Irish in the fall … placed 13th at the National Catholic Championship in a time of 25:39 … ran nearly 20 seconds faster on the same course two weeks later, placing 90th at the Notre Dame Invitational … finished in the top-100 and broke 25 minutes for 8,000 meters at the NCAA Pre-National meet (24:51) … was the team[apos]s fifth runner at the BIG EAST Championship where he ran 24:34 … made the step up to 10,000 meters at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, helping the team finish second and qualify automatically for the NCAA Championship with his 55th-place, 32:34 effort … concluded the season as the team[apos]s fourth runner at the NCAA Championship, finishing 159th overall and covering the 10,000-meter course in 33:10 … saved his best performances of the indoor track season for the BIG EAST meet , finishing 12th in the 3,000 meters (8:21.70) and 9th in the 5,000 meters (14:40.19), narrowly missing out on earning team points in the latter event … best 5,000-meter run of the outdoor campaign was his 14:51.95 at the Central Collegiate Championships … ran extremely well at the outdoor BIG EAST meet, placing 12th in the 5,000 meters but scoring points with his eighth-place effort in the 10,000 meters … ran 30:23.57, the second-fastest time for any Notre Dame athlete on the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track at Lincoln High School in (Pa.) … earned five all-state citations and five-time regional champion (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) during his career … won state titles in indoor 3,000 meters (2005) and outdoor 3,200 meters (2006), running the latter event in a personal-best 9:04.31 and missing state record by only 22-hundredths … ran independently during indoor track season as school did not field a squad … had nation[apos]s fourth-quickest indoor 3,000-meter time as senior (8:30.35 on banked track) … clocked 2006 season-best and personal-best outdoor 3,000-meter time of 8:21.94 (10th-fastest in nation) on way to third-place outing at Penn Relays (time also ranks ninth all-time at prestigious meet) … top indoor mile time of 2006 season was 4:18.86 (second-best in state) … finished fourth at 2005 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 2A cross country championships (16:14 for 5K) … two-time participant in FootLocker Northeast Cross Country Regional, placing 13th in 2005 (15.53.6) … best 5K cross country time in high school was 15:19 … National Honor Society member … born Oct. 22, 1987 in Ellwood City, Pa. … son of Helen and Ron Walker … older of two children … cousin, Selena Santillo, is a 2004 Notre Dame graduate … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.
WALKER[apos]S CAREER INDOOR BESTS
|Mile (2008 Notre Dame Invitational)||4:08.25|
|3,000 Meters (2008 Alex Wilson Invitational)||8:12.87|
|5,000 Meters (2008 BIG EAST Championship)||14:14.29|
WALKER[apos]S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS
|1,500 Meters (2009 Ole Miss Invitational)||3:51.81|
|5,000 Meters (2009 BIG EAST Championship)||14:33.14|
|10,000 Meters (2007 BIG EAST Championship)||30:23.57|