Caymanian sprinter Jamal Walton has transferred from Texas A&M University to Florida State University (FSU). The 22 year old joined Texas A&M in December 2018 where he captured several school and NCAA records during his two year enrollment. Walton says leaving his old school was bittersweet.
“Putting myself in a portal and looking for a school was so hard for me to do and choose,” Walton told Cay 03 Sports. “I grew a home there in College Station, Texas and met a lot of new friends and created bonds with the staff members. [It] was definitely a tough decision on where I should be at in [the] next two years of schooling.”
Walton’s competitive schedule at Texas A&M was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during the time he did compete, Walton would achieve an indoor personal best of 45.99 seconds. He also left with the fastest 4×400 relay time in the NCAA for the entire 2020 season, clocking 3:02.77 seconds.
The two time Pan American gold medalist said, while he accomplished a lot during his two years at Texas A&M, he is looking forward to the next chapter at a school he has been fond of from day one.
“FSU was always my favorite school growing up but things didn’t plan out how I expected at first when I was getting recruited,” said Walton. “So after two weeks later, I know I had to make a choice on where I should land and my first thought was to be back in Florida so I decided to be a Nole.”
Walton started his new collegiate semester at FSU on Tuesday (12 January) and confirmed that he will be trying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.