All-America honors for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Due to the cancellation of the national championship, the NCAA DIII Executive Committee is recognizing all student-athletes that were declared and initially accepted into their event.
Sophomore Margaret Walker has been named an All-American in the 60-meter dash. Walker became the 266th All-American in Wheaton's program history.
Walker qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60-meter dash when she ran a time of 7.74 at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on March 2, 2020. Walker had a breakout season as she took .39 seconds off of her personal best from the previous year in the event. Her time is now the third-fastest time in Wheaton College history and just .01 off the school record of 7.73 which is held by Amanda Claflin '13.
Walker traveled to Winston Salem, North Carolina on March 11th. She was scheduled to compete in the 60-meter dash on Friday, March 13th. Just hours after completing her pre-meet practice on March 12th, the NCAA announced the cancellation of the championships.
"I feel honored to be recognized for my accomplishments in this regard. I'm proud that I get to represent Wheaton, whether I got to compete or not. I am grateful that I have encouraging coaches, teammates and thrilled that the work that I put forth to improve over the season led me to become an NCAA Qualifier. I hope I earn the chance to get there again along with my teammates." - Margaret Walker '20