Going the Distance

Simone Childs-WalkerWith 10 All-America awards and counting, Simone Childs-Walker ’12 (Seattle) is the second-most-decorated Carleton female athlete in the school’s history. A distance runner on both the track and field team and the cross country team, Childs-Walker was named in June 2011 to the Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In March 2011 she became the first woman ever to win the 3K, the 5K, and the mile at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. After two more award-winning runs (5K and 10K) at the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May 2011, she was named the conference’s Outdoor Outstanding Women’s Track Athlete and co-winner of the Outstanding Performance of the Meet award. In November she was named MIAC Women’s Cross Country Most Valuable Athlete for her first-place finish at the MIAC Championships. Childs-Walker (a philosophy major with a pre-med concentration) slowed down briefly to talk with us about her sport:

Ten or fifteen minutes before a race starts, my stomach is flip-flopping all over the place, but if I can just smile and relax, I run my best.

Running centers me; it gives me peace of mind and makes my body feel right.

Competition gives you self-confidence and courage. It’s fulfilling in a way that is different from academics or social interactions.

Every time I step onto the podium at a national event, I am proud that I am wearing my Carleton singlet.

I want to be a runner for my whole life.

I belong to two clubs that focus on environmentalism and sustainable agriculture. Running, philosophy, medicine, and sustainable agriculture are all about living a good life.

Note: Since this issue was published, Childs-Walker won the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships (for the fourth time) in March 2012, and was named the 2012 MIAC Indoor Outstanding Women's Track Athlete. She earned her 11th career All-America citation representing Carleton at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10, 2012.

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