Brooks Running Company welcomed NCAA standouts Shaquille Walker and Brannon Kidder to the Brooks Beasts Track Club as the team’s newest recruits.
Walker competed for Brigham Young University and placed third in the men’s 800-meter run at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this year; he was also third at the indoor championships in the same distance and broke several school records at BYU. His 1-minute, 44.99-second PR in the 800m deepens the Brooks talent pool. He will compete in the men’s 800m at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene.
Kidder is a former Penn State runner who brings range and speed to the Brooks Beasts with his collegiate experience in cross country and track in distances including the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs. Kidder holds the NCAA DI indoor 1,000-meter run record (set this year). He also ran at the Brooks PR Invitational in 2012.
Kidder enters the men’s 800m at the trials along with Walker and new teammates Nick Symmonds, Cas Loxsom and Drew Windle; they represent five of the country’s fastest 800-meter runners.