Track star makes Wildcat history

Ben Lack

Senior Christian Walker placed 8th out of 16 in the triple jump at the Track and Field state competition. Out of all the athletes, only the top eight receive a medal, making Walker the first Wildcat in school history to earn the honor at states. His distance of 44 feet and 6 inches is made more impressive by the fact that Walker was ill with a sinus infection on the day of the meet.

“I didn’t initially know [that I got a medal],” Walker said. “Just going to states was amazing, it was really fun. I didn’t expect to do as well as I did, or stay as consistent as I did, especially because I wasn’t feeling well that day. It was an amazing experience, I felt like it was extremely fun, and the fact that I later found out I got a medal was just something to remember about states from track in high school.

“[All my teammates] were happy for me, they said ‘Wow that’s amazing’. Our whole track team is so supportive of me, and the ones that know especially are. A lot of people don’t know yet because I missed a few days of school after that.”

Walker’s top half finish at states is just a continuation of the success he has had throughout the season. Another accomplishment of his this season is taking home third place at the regional competition in April.