Folsom Walker earns All-America honors in pentathlon


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – BYU track and field's Halley Folsom Walker finished 14th overall in the pentathlon with a score of 3,899 points at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships to receive All-America Second Team recognition.

Folsom Walker is the first BYU pentathlete to be named an All-American since former Cougar and national champion Amy Menlove Otis collected All-America honors in 2010.

In her NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships debut, Folsom Walker opened the meet with an 8.94 in the 60m hurdles before clearing 1.66m/5-5.25 in the high jump. The senior finished with a toss of 11.61m/38-1.25 in the shot put before recording a mark of 5.09m/16-8.5 in the long jump.

Folsom Walker’s most impressive performance of the day came in the final event, the 800m. After working her way through the pack of pentathletes early in the race, Folsom Walker pulled away in the final lap to take first place with a career-best 2:10.86.

The Cougars still have 10 entries that will compete over the final two days of the championship meet. The meet schedule and entries can be found in the championship preview. The meet will continue to be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

Meet Information

Thursday, March 11

AthleteEventResult / Place
Halley Folsom WalkerPentathlon3,899 points / 14th place

Friday, March 12

2 p.m. (CST)Lucas BonsMen's Mile [Semifinal]
7 p.m.

Heather Hanson
Kate Hunter
Simone Plourde

Women's Mile [Semifinal]
7:55 p.m.Claire SeymourWomen's 800m [Semifinal]
8:45 p.m.

DMR Team
-Alena Ellsworth
-Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes
-Olivia Hoj Simister
-Courtney Wayment

Women's Distance Medley Relay [Final]

Saturday, March 13

12:30 p.m. (CST)

Zach McWhorter
Caleb Witsken

Men's Pole Vault [Final]
2 p.m.*Lucas BonsMen's Mile [Final]
6 p.m.

*Heather Hanson
*Kate Hunter
*Simone Plourde

Women's Mile [Final]
6:40 p.m.*Claire SeymourWomen's 800m [Final]
7 p.m.

Olivia Hoj Simister
Courtney Wayment

Women's 3000m [Final]

* -- If qualified