NSU advances James, Walker to 200 final at USA Outdoors

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NATCHITOCHES – Two Northwestern State sprint greats, 2014 senior Justin Walker and 2018 senior Amir James, have reached today’s nationally-televised 200 meter dash final at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Championships.

They finished 3-4 in Heat 2 of the 200 semifinals at 2 p.m. today to advance to the eight-man final at 4:10. The race will be part of NBC’s live television coverage from 3-5 CST from Drake Stadium.

Walker ran 20.61 and James 20.71 into a slight headwind to earn their spots in the national final.

Both won a pair of All-America honors competing collegiately. This is James’ final competition for NSU.

James set the NSU school record, 20.41, in May at the NCAA East Preliminary Round after initially breaking it with a 20.47 at the Southland Conference Championships.

James ran the pivotal third leg of the Demons’ record-shattering 4x100 team that posted a 38.92 in the NCAA semifinals earlier this month and earned first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the finals. Two years earlier, he was a second-team All-American in the 4x100 after the Demons finished 15th at the NCAA Outdoors.

Walker took third in the 200 at the 2014 NCAA Outdoors, after finishing fourth in the 100, to earn his two first-team All-America honors.