Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Regent Walden has signed a letter of intent to run track for the Division I Hawks at St. Joseph’s University.
A four-year varsity runner for the PW Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Spring Track teams, Regent won the 800-meter Suburban One League Liberty Division title in the spring season of 2021 and headed into spring 2022 ranked fifth in the state. During the recent Indoor Track season, he broke the school record by more than three seconds in the 400-meter race with a 51:21 and was part of the 4x200 relay team who crushed the school record of 1:39:48 with a time of 1:34:14.
“I really like the social piece of track because, having autism, it’s always been hard to find my ‘group’ in school. I’ve been able to make a lot of good friends over the last four years and have fun with them on and off the track,” said Regent. “Track has also shown me how to be a leader and that I can be successful at something just like my peers, which made me feel very proud — and seen. I also like that track is an individual sport, so I don’t have to depend on anyone else to be successful.”
As a freshman, Regent received the Most Improved Award in Cross Country, the Coach’s Award as a sophomore, and Outstanding Achievement Awards his final two years. He’s also earned an Outstanding Achievement Award in Varsity Track. His running career began with the Conshohocken Electric Force travel team when he was nine years old.
Outside of sports, Regent is a member of the concert band and is on the academic honor roll. He plans to major in Autism Behavioral Studies at St. Joe’s.