Walker wins gold at Iowa Games

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont junior Kalen Walker won a pair of gold medals and one bronze medal competing in track and field this past weekend at the 2019 Iowa Games in Ames.

EDDYVILLE — Kalen Walker spent this past May proving to be one of the fastest male athletes in Class 2A.

This past weekend, Walker proved he might just be one of the fastest athletes in the entire state. The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont soon-to-be senior competed at the Iowa Games in track and field, bringing home three medals including a pair of golds after winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames.

Walker ran in the 17-18 year-old division of the Iowa Games. After posting a time of 10.99 seconds in the 100-meter preliminaries, Walker finished first in the finals in 11.02 seconds.

Walker claimed the 200 meter title in 22.66 seconds. In the long jump, Walker was third to earn a bronze medal with a jump of 19 feet and seven inches.

This past May saw Walker place in the top five in the Class 2A state track and field meet in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The EBF sprinter ran 11.48 in the 100 and 22.84 in the 200 back in May, showing improved times in both last weekend in Ames.

"I was really hoping for a better finish at state in the 100, but overall I was just happy to be have been there," Walker said. "You can't really complain when you come out of a meet with a medal."

Walker will certainly be one of the area athletes going into next spring with a very good chance of winning a state championship. This past spring saw Walker qualify for the Drake Relays and post the top preliminary time in the 100 meters at the 2A state track and field meet.

Winning a pair of gold medals at the Iowa Games, with improved times in both the 100 and 200, should give Walker something to build on heading into his senior year at EBF.

"My goal next year is to get that state record in the 100 meters," Walker said. "The plan is to spend every day in the summer out there working to lower that time. If I can add the 200 meter record, that would be a bonus. I'll take whatever I can get."

— Scott Jackson can be reached at sjackson@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter@CourierScott.

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