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KELLY WALKER
  • Distance
  • Sophomore
  • Palm Coast, Fla. (Flagler Palm Coast)

PERSONAL RECORDS
INDOORS

Mile: 5:20.75 - 2002 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
3,000m: 10:36.52 - 2002 Florida Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
5,000m: 18:18.22 - 2002 SEC East Challenge, Gainesville, Fla.
OUTDOORS
1,500m: 5:06.89 - 2001 Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla.
3,000m: 11:03.95 - 2002 SEC Triangular, Baton Rouge, La.

2002 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 5:20.75 (Mile) and 3000m (10:36.52)...Competed in four meets (all indoor)...16th in the mile at the Gator Invitational, a personal best...Finished 7th in the 5000m at the SEC East Challenge...28th in the mile at the Virginia Tech Invitational...Eighth in the mile (5:25.65) at the Florida Invitational and set a personal best in the 3000m.

2001 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 5:06.89 (1,500m), 5:22.65 (Mile), 10:37.08 (3,000m) and 18:51.87b (5,000m)... Competed in seven meets (five indoors, two outdoors)...23rd at the Florida Relays 1,500m with a time of 5:06.89... Second in the 3,000m at the SEC Triangular with a time of 11:03.95... Finished 11th in a personal best time of 5:22.65 at the Nike Fast Times Meet... 12th at the Tyson Invitational 3,000m with a time of 10:45.36... Finished 12th with a personal best time of 10:37.08 in the 3,000m at the Gator Invitational... Fifth overall in the 5,000m at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... Finished 22nd in the mile (5:29.55) and 20th in the 3,000m (11:09.97) at the Florida Intercollegiates.

2000 CROSS COUNTRY: Appeared in six meets with three Top 10 finishes... Finished 40th with a time of 22:17.45 at the NCAA South Region Championships... Was the third Florida finisher and 23rd overall finisher at the SEC Championship with a time of 22:25.85... Posted a time of 19:18.00 at the Furman Invitational, earning her fourth on the team and 49th overall... Registered a ninth place finish in her first 6k race at the Gator Invitational with a time of 23:02.64... Posted a time of 19:23.14 at the Tennessee Invitational for an eighth place finish... Finished eighth with a time of 19:31.67 in the Nike Twi-Light Invitational in the first collegiate race of her career.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Turned in a personal best time of 18:03 for three miles at the 1999 Florida state cross country meet... Has personal bests of 5:12 in the 1600 and 11:12 in the 3200 meters... Performed well at the 1999 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 18:59... 2000 state champion in the 3200 meters while leading her high school team to fourth place finishes in the state in 1999 and 2000... Daytona Beach News Journal Runner of the Year in 1998 and 1999 as well as the 2000 Female Athlete of the Year... Holds school records in the 1600, 3200, two miles, three miles and five kilometers.

PERSONAL: Born August 2, 1981 in Louisville, Ky... One of two daughters of Donnie and Carol Walker... Has a sister, Erin... Also competed in gymnastics... Broke her ankle while attempting a Tsukahara vault and had it repaired with two screws... Involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Was the valedictorian of her senior class and voted most likely to succeed... Also considered attending Clemson, Auburn and Liberty.

MAJOR: Social and Behavioral Science


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