ST. PAUL, Minn. – Carleton senior Simone Childs-Walker (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) is putting the finishing touches on her incredibly brilliant and consistent distance career, and this week she added another highlight-reel performance to her outstanding body of work. At the exclusive Drake Relays, Childs-Walker turned in a top-five performance in the women's 10,000-meter run against talented runners from all levels of collegiate competition. Her time is the fastest in the MIAC this season and ranks in the top five nationally. For her performance, Childs-Walker has been named the MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week.
The Carleton star finished fifth in the 10K in Des Moines, Iowa, with a time of 35:40.87, which ranks No. 1 in the conference, fourth in Division III and should give her a great chance to qualify for nationals in the event. Childs-Walker finished behind one NAIA runner, one from Division II and two from Division I, while beating eight other D-I student-athletes, one from D-II and 12 others from Division III and the NAIA in a star-studded field of 27 runners who met the qualifying standard. The weekly honor is the first outdoor honor for Childs-Walker in 2012 and her 14th overall with four outdoor, four indoor and six cross country Athlete-of-the-Week awards in her trophy case.
Carleton and its star senior distance runner have one opportunity left on the schedule to tune up for the 2012 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Knights will run at the Tommie Twilight Meet on Wed., May 2. The conference championship meet will run May 11-2 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.