SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014
Oh So Close Walker Milliseconds Short of Advancing to NCAA Championship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They say it’s a game of inches, or milliseconds in this case as junior Shanique Walker (San Jose, Calif.) was edged out in qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 100 meter hurdles by .008 seconds on Saturday evening at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary final host by North Florida.
Running in the second of three heats, Walker posted a time 13.280 finishing just behind Alexis Franklin of Ohio State who posted a 13.272 in heat one to claim the 12th and final qualifying spot.
The race marks the end of a successful 2014 outdoor campaign for the junior sprinter who was named the Atlantic Sun Most Outstanding Track Athlete. Walker was also the MVP at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships after tallying 39.5 team points in six events including wins in both the 100-meter hurdles (13.40) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.12).
“A terrific season for Shanique,” said JU Director of Track & Field Ron Grigg. “Her best days are still ahead of her here at Jacksonville.”