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Keisha Walkes
 Keisha Walkes

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Michael, Barbados

High School:
Harrison College

Last College:
Missouri State Univ.

Height:
5-8

Event:
Throws

Birthdate:
04/11/1986

Miner Nuggets: Holds PRs of 50.28 (163-11) in the discus and 51-0 1/4 (15.55) in the shot put ... Barbados junior national record holder in the shot put and discus ... represented Barbados at the 2007 NACAC senior games in El Salvador and the Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro ... named to the 2007 All-Mid-West team and the C-USA All-Academic team.

2007 (Junior): Outdoor: Posted two regional-qualifying marks in the discus and one in the shot put ... placed eighth at the NCAA Regional Meet in the shot put (15.55;51-0 1/4) and 11th in the discus (47.32; 155-3) ... finished second in the discus at the UTEP Invitational with a regional mark of 49.97 (163-11) and seventh at the Texas Relays with a regional mark of 48.35 (158-7) ... third in the shot put at C-USA Championships (regional 14.88; 48-10) ... also finished third in the discus at the conference meet ... took gold in the discus and silver in the shot put at the Springtime Invitational on March 31. Indoor: Third in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 15.24 (50-0) at the C-USA Championships ... also placed sixth in the 20-pound weight throw at the conference meet ... finished in sixth in the weight throw at the Frank Sevigne Invitational.

2006: Sat out per NCAA transfer rules ... NACAC U-23 female captain ... recorded a season best in the discus at the Central American Games on July 28 with a throw of 157-10 (48.10) to take third ... fifth in the discus (46.79; 153-6) at the UTEP Invitational on April 15 ... runner-up in the shot put (13.98; 45-10 1/2) at the NMSU Invitational on April 8 ... dean's list student during the spring and fall semesters in 2006.

Before UTEP: Transferred to UTEP from Missouri State in Springfi eld, Mo. ... Missouri State school record holder in the indoor shot put and outdoor discus ... Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete in 2005 ... All-MVC in 2005 ... took fi fth in the shot put at the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships ... sixth in the shot put (14.08; 46-2 1/2) at the 2005 MVC Outdoor Championships ... set the Barbados national record in the shot put (14.25; 46-9) and the discus (47.10; 154-6) at the 2005 Kansas Relays ... took second in the discus and fourth in the shot put at the Kansas Relays ... winner of the discus and runner-up in the shot put at the 2005 Caribbean Games ... took fifth in the shot put at the 2005 MVC Indoor Championships ... took sixth in the shot put with a personal best of 47-11 1/4 (14.64) at the 2005 Husker Invitational ... dean's list student at Missouri State in 2004 and 2005 ... 2005 Barbados Outstanding Junior Female Thrower ... Barbados' national champion in the shot put in 2003 and 2004 ... won the 2004 Barbados national title in the discus ... five-time CARIFTA medalist ... two-time CAC junior medalist ... medaled at the U-17 CARIFTA Games in 2002 (second-shot put; first-discus) and 2001 (second-discus) ... competed at the 2001 World Scholar Games ... participated in field hockey, tennis, track and field and cross country at Harrison College ... undefeated in the discus all five years of Inter-School Athletic Championships from 1999-03 ... division champion in 2001 ... holder of 12 Harrison College records in the discus, shot put and 100 ... Most Outstanding Sportswoman and Female Athlete of the Year at Harrison College in 2001, 2002 and 2003 ... six-year Academic Award recipient (1998-2003) ... Charlie McKenzie Award winner for excellence in 2002 ... prep coaches were Michael Jules and Adrian Thorne.

Personal: Full name is Keisha Marsha Yvonne Walkes ... majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry ... works as a freelance sports reporter ... enjoys horseback riding ... daughter of Anthony Blackman and Yvonne Walkes ... has two brothers ... born April 11, 1986, in St. Michael, Barbados.

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