High School Runner of the Month: Will Walter

Santa Barbara High's Will Walter

Santa Barbara High’s Will Walter

Will Walter’s recent improvement in cross country has been measured in minutes, not seconds. It’s made him Santa Barbara High’s fastest runner this season.

But it’s the hard work and commitment to the sport that made Walter a team captain in his junior season.

“I’m just super happy that I’ve had the opportunity to step up and show this team what we can do and what we’re capable of,” Walter said.

After not being a regular scorer for the Dons last year, he was the Don’s first placer at Channel League Meet No. 1 with a time of 16:47.39. His ultimate goal is to run a sub 15:30 cross country race.

“I’ve really just been putting in the miles,” Walter explained. “It went from, my freshman year running during practice, to, I just enjoy running on the weekends and any chance I get. And definitely running with better people. That’s really pushed me and really helped.”

As a co-captain, Walter says he wants to cultivate a more consistent cross country program at Santa Barbara High.

“They had a great program going but this year we’re really looking to step it up and take it to the next level because I know in the past our team has been a little shaky. We’ve had some top competitors and then the rest of the team has needed a little extra push,” Walter said.

“So this year we’re really trying to make sure that everyone’s getting up to speed, everyone’s motivated and has a competitive mindset when they step out to the starting line. So far it’s been going really well.”

Dons head coach Olivia Perdices has appreciated the leadership.

“Will is such an easy guy to coach. He’s always looking for ways to get better and push other guys to do the same. He’s pretty quiet, but people listen and follow him,” Perdices said.

Walter also runs for the track team in the spring.

“I really look forward to track – I love cross country; it is an amazing sport – but I always love the feeling when I get to track and I’m running the mile and 2-mile.”

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SB Running CompanyThe High School Runner of the Month award recognizes local prep runners that exemplify the term “Student-Athlete” by demonstrating leadership, passion and excellence in high school athletics.  The annual campaign recognizes athletes from March through November.

Thanks to Santa Barbara Running Company  for making this award possible and for supporting local athletes.