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"This week was a step forward for our program," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "I'm pleased with how we did, and that we ended up there with some of the best teams in the country."
Walker took fifth in the 800m with a time of 1:49.99 to finish his historic sophomore season with a first-team All-America performance. Earlier in the season, Walker's time of 1:45.78 in the 800m at the Sun Angel Classic broke the school record in that event and was the nation's second-best time this year.
"I think he (Walker) ran a great strategic race," 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."
The men's 4x400 team that broke a 44-year-old school record earlier this season finished fifth in Friday's final with a time of 3:05.56. The first-team All-American squad, consisting of Mario Harper, Sean Adams, Jesse White and Walker, ran its last three races faster than the record set in 1971.
Senior Steve Flint placed 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase final, garnering second-team All-America honors with a time of 8:54.80. Flint's strong last couple laps moved him from 12th to 10th as he capped off his BYU career.
BYU's men's team scored 14.0 points overall, good for a 13th-place finish. Oregon (85.0) won the team championship with Florida (56.0) coming in second and Arkansas (53.0) coming in third.
PROVO, Utah – Nine individuals and one relay team will represent BYU track and field at the NCAA Championships this week at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Shaquille Walker (800 meters) and Jason Witt (10,000m) highlight the men's entries, with both achieving a No. 1 national ranking in their respective events at some point during the season. Spencer Gardner will join Witt in the 10,000m. Steve Flint rounds out the men's distance qualifiers, having earned a spot in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Pole vaulter Braydon Bringhurst is the lone men's field athlete who will participate at the championships. Mark Carlson qualified for the 400 hurdles to become BYU's only sprint/hurdles individual entrant.
The BYU men's 4x400 team, which broke a 44-year-old school record with a time of 3:03.82 at the West Preliminary, will also compete at the championships. The team consists of Mario Harper, Sean Adams, Jesse White and Shaquille Walker.
Three women's athletes qualified for the final rounds of the championships. Shea Martinez and Kelsey Brown-Gilbert qualified for the 800m. Martinez ran at the championships last year and finished 17th overall. Anginae Monteverde qualified for the pole vault final, making her the only female field entrant for BYU.
The meet runs from June 10-13 and each event will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks. Specific channel and time information can be found at ncaa.com. The complete schedule for the events can also be found at ncaa.com, and below is a schedule of BYU athletes' events:
Wednesday, June 10
|4:00 (PDT)||Braydon Bringhurst||Pole Vault (Final)|
|4:38||Steve Flint||3000 Steeplechase (Semifinal)|
|5:54||Shaquille Walker||800m (Semifinal)|
|6:10||Mark Carlson||400H (Semifinal)|
|6:43||Jason Witt, Spencer Gardner||10,000m (Final)|
|7:28||Harper, Adams, White, Walker||4x400m (Semifinal)|
Thursday, June 11
|4:45||Anginae Monteverde||Pole Vault (Final)|
|5:44||Shea Martinez, Kelsey Brown-Gilbert||800m (Semifinal)|
Friday, June 12
|4:57||Steve Flint*||3000 Steeplechase (Final)|
|5:50||Shaquille Walker*||800m (Final)|
|6:00||Mark Carlson*||400H (Final)|
|6:50||Harper*, Adams*, White*, Walker*||4x400m (Final)|
Saturday, June 13
|3:20||Shea Martinez*, Kelsey Brown-Gilbert*||800m (Final)|
* --If qualified