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Wheeling Park’s Torrence Walker runs during the 2021 State Track and Field Competition in Charleston. Walker was named McCoy Male Tack Atlete of the Year on Monday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. (Photo by Kyle Lutz)

WHEELING – Torrence Walker’s 2021 track season for Wheeling Park has been so good he even surprised himself at times.

The former senior set new academic records in the 100 (10.43), 200 (21.23), 400 (48.45) and in the 4 × 100 relay (43.11) while capturing state titles in all three individual events and by completing all Class AAA competitions. scorers with 30 points.

“It was really shocking but at the end of the day I realized that with all the hard work I put in I deserved it”, Walker said. “I wouldn’t have been where I am, I wouldn’t have done all that I have accomplished without the support of the community I was in, my teammates, my coaches and my family. “

In recognition of his outstanding season, Walker was voted the winner of the McCoy Male Track Athlete of the Year by the W.Va. Sports Writers Association. He will be honored at the 75th Annual Victory Awards Dinner on May 1 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

College long distance runner Josh Edwards was second in the poll, followed by senior long distance runner Logan Zuchelli of Fairmont.

Now a freshman at Virginia Tech, Walker said winning the award gave him a good excuse to reflect on his high school career.

“I didn’t really think about high school, I’m just stuck in college mode: he said. “It made me go back and think about everything that happened in high school and I’m just so grateful for the award.

Walker said the motivation for the 2021 season actually started two years earlier for the Patriots.

“My sophomore year we ended up being state finalists and we were all really crazy and ready to go,” Walker said. “And then our junior year was taken away from us, so the senior year, we were good to go.

“We ended up not having anyone to train for our indoor season so we were doing all of our training alone and once outside we were all locked in. It was a different mindset and it showed. in all the work that we did behind the scenes and in the meetings, we were just a powerhouse in the state.

At the start of the season, Walker set goals that now seem too modest in hindsight.

“I told (my trainer) that I wanted to run 10.7 (in the 100) and 21.4 (in the 200)”, he admitted. “Those were my goals and I ended up breaking them both in the third meeting of the season. So it was like every week we set new goals for ourselves.

Walker broke Park’s record for the 200 in the season opener and also came within 0.02 seconds of the 100 record.

“After that, I was hungry” Walker said. “Once I broke the records I was determined to expand it and make it kind of untouchable.”

In the state’s class AAA competition, Walker set the 100-meter record of 10.5 in the preliminaries before winning the final at 10.59. He also won the 200 in 21.43 and the 400 in 48.45.

Over the summer, he set an all-time 100 record with 20.91 at the AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, TX, and the 2nd best 100 all-time at 10.43, which corresponded to a mark earlier at the Dick Dei Classic. At the NASF Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore., Walker placed 6th in the 100 (10.47) and 8th in the 200 (21.14) to win All-America honors.

Walker said the transition to a major college program like Virginia Tech was tough at first, but he’s getting used to it well now.

“I get my butt broken every day in training” he laughs. “Everything is competitive, competitive, competitive. In high school I was competitive, but the level of competitiveness is much higher in college.

“I’m pumped” Walker said. “I’m ready to show everyone how hard I’ve worked this offseason and finally get a time out and see where I stand.”

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