The 28th-ranked Notre Dame Men's Cross Country team finished in 16th position in the 2009 Notre Dame Invitational
AS A JUNIOR: Distance and cross country runner who focused on cross country as a junior ... ran in his first cross country meet of the season at the Pre-NCAA meet in Terre Haute, Ind., placing 102nd with a time of 25:02 ... earned all-BIG EAST honors at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships by finishing 13th in 24:58 ... finished 44th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (32:29), helping the Irish move on to the NCAA Championships ... placed 66th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, posting a time of 30:53, helping the Irish place 19th in the nation ... ran distance events during the track season ... placed second behind teammate Patrick Smyth in the 5,000 meters at the season-opening Blue and Gold Invitational ... made second appearance of the season at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, narrowly missing all-BIG EAST honors in the 10,000 meters by finishing in fourth with a time of 30:46.05 ... placed sixth in the 5,000 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational (14:48.04).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in five meets for the Irish cross country squad ... finished 30th in 24:31 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... ran the Pre-National race in 24:03 to finish 47th ... clocked a time of 24:37 to finish 26th at the BIG EAST Championship ... finished 14th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 31:14 ... covered the 10,000 meters of the NCAA Championship in 31:24 to finish 134th ... opened the indoor track season with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Blue and Gold Invitational, clocking in at 14:17.01 ... ran the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational in 4:08.25 to finish fourth ... finished 18th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:43.36 at the Meyo Invitational ... finished fifth in the 5,000 meters in 14:14.29 and sixth in the 3,000 meters in 8:14.74 at the BIG EAST Championship ... closed out the season with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:12.87 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN: Had a very good debut season for the Notre Dame cross country and track squads ... ran in six meets for the Irish in the fall ... placed 13th at the National Catholic Championship in a time of 25:39 ... ran nearly 20 seconds faster on the same course two weeks later, placing 90th at the Notre Dame Invitational ... finished in the top-100 and broke 25 minutes for 8,000 meters at the NCAA Pre-National meet (24:51) ... was the team's fifth runner at the BIG EAST Championship where he ran 24:34 ... made the step up to 10,000 meters at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, helping the team finish second and qualify automatically for the NCAA Championship with his 55th-place, 32:34 effort ... concluded the season as the team's fourth runner at the NCAA Championship, finishing 159th overall and covering the 10,000-meter course in 33:10 ... saved his best performances of the indoor track season for the BIG EAST meet , finishing 12th in the 3,000 meters (8:21.70) and 9th in the 5,000 meters (14:40.19), narrowly missing out on earning team points in the latter event ... best 5,000-meter run of the outdoor campaign was his 14:51.95 at the Central Collegiate Championships ... ran extremely well at the outdoor BIG EAST meet, placing 12th in the 5,000 meters but scoring points with his eighth-place effort in the 10,000 meters ... ran 30:23.57, the second-fastest time for any Notre Dame athlete on the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track at Lincoln High School in (Pa.) ... earned five all-state citations and five-time regional champion (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) during his career ... won state titles in indoor 3,000 meters (2005) and outdoor 3,200 meters (2006), running the latter event in a personal-best 9:04.31 and missing state record by only 22-hundredths ... ran independently during indoor track season as school did not field a squad ... had nation's fourth-quickest indoor 3,000-meter time as senior (8:30.35 on banked track) ... clocked 2006 season-best and personal-best outdoor 3,000-meter time of 8:21.94 (10th-fastest in nation) on way to third-place outing at Penn Relays (time also ranks ninth all-time at prestigious meet) ... top indoor mile time of 2006 season was 4:18.86 (second-best in state) ... finished fourth at 2005 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 2A cross country championships (16:14 for 5K) ... two-time participant in FootLocker Northeast Cross Country Regional, placing 13th in 2005 (15.53.6) ... best 5K cross country time in high school was 15:19 ... National Honor Society member ... born Oct. 22, 1987 in Ellwood City, Pa. ... son of Helen and Ron Walker ... older of two children ... cousin, Selena Santillo, is a 2004 Notre Dame graduate ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.