TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Miranda Walker closed out her collegiate cross country career Monday at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The Razorback senior clocked a 6K time of 21:17.9 on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
"The toughest part of coming to the NCAA Championships as an individual is that you’re out there all by yourself," head coach Lance Harter said. "I thought she fought valiantly and followed the race plan. It’s her highest performance ever in her four years so that’s remarkable in its own right."
Walker crossed in 91st place in the race of 253 finishers. Her time and place are both career bests at the NCAA Championships for the Southlake, Texas, native. Her previous best time of 21:27.8 came at last year’s national meet and her previous best placing was 120th, set during her sophomore season in 2007.
Monday’s race marked Walker’s fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships, two as part of the Razorback lineup and two as an individual. She was one of 38 individuals to receive an automatic qualifier or at-large bid into the race.
"It’s always a dog fight out there with the best of the best teams and individuals," Walker said. "I felt good. It was a little breezy today but it was a good race. I wanted to make sure I got out and didn’t get too trapped in the back and then progress from there."
In addition to her performance Monday, Walker ends the cross country season with first-team All-SEC and All-South Central Region accolades to her credit. She raced to a fourth-place finish at the conference meet and posted a third-place result at the regional meet.
With the end of the cross country season, the Razorback women’s track and field team gets set to begin its season. The indoor portion of Arkansas’ track and field schedule begins Jan. 7 with the Razorback Triangular at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. For more information, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.