Won two varsity letters in cross country and one in track... Helped lead team to sectional championship in 2002... Conference team champions in cross country in 2003... Helped cross country team finish 18th in the state meet in 2002... Led team to 6th place finish in the state cross country meet in 2003.
Full given name is Daniel Ryan Walters... Born on October 9, 1985 in Orlando, Fla.... Parents are Dave and Janet Walters... Has one brother, Matt (14)... Majoring in mechanical engineering... His father, former Illini Dave Walters, helped shape his athletic career by being patient and motivating him and is his Fighting Illini hero... Dad ran track and cross country at Illinois 1974-79, was an All-American in cross in 1977, competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 1988 and currently is a world-class duathlete who has won the world championships twice in his age group... Was an Illinois State Scholar and finished third at the Illinois Drafting Educators Association Competition in 2003.