Like many college seniors, Derwin Graham is in the middle of a busy May.
But between taking finals, graduation preparation and getting the resume ready for his first job, Graham didn’t lose focus on track and notched one final honor.
“It has been really busy these last couple of weeks finishing finals and getting ready for graduation,” Graham said. “But it’s been real easy this time around because we don’t have finals the same time as we have conference this year. It gives us a little more time to focus on the meet instead of worrying about coming back to Waco and being ready for finals.”
Graham took home another All-Big 12 honor after posting a time of 9 minutes, 42.46 seconds in the 3,000-meter steeple chase at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa over the weekend.
Graham placed eighth in the event and the Baylor men finished fifth overall.
The highlight of his final season at Baylor came at home when the program opened the new Hart Track and Field Stadium in front of 1,621 spectators.
“They told me on my recruiting visit that we were supposed to get it by the end of my freshman year and it kind of got pushed back and pushed back,” Graham said. “For it to be open my senior year was kind of bittersweet being the first seniors to step on the track.”
Graham posted a personal record of 8:44.07 to take first place in the 3,000 steeple chase.
This season has had a different vibe for Graham.
“It’s felt a whole lot different being the old guy on the team and adjusting to that,” Graham said. “It’s been pretty fun, four years went by fast so I knew the time would come.”
Graham first established himself as a cross country and track star at Copperas Cove before coming to Waco.
He earned all-conference honors and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries last season.
But Graham knows that as great as it’s been, his time at Baylor is coming to an end.
But his love for sports won’t graduate.
Graham plans to use his experience majoring in journalism with a minor in film and digital media to become a part of the sports media whenever his career is finished.
“I plan on still continuing running, training and giving the professional circuit a go, but I also want to fall back on my journalism, making videos and editing stuff so I’ve been applying for jobs like that,” Graham said.