(NEW ORLEANS) – The Walsh women's track & field team is back in the top 20 at No. 16 in the fourth week of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Team Rankings as posted by the USTFCCCA. It's the third consecutive week the Cavaliers have been in the top 25 and jump up seven spots from last week's ranking at No. 23.
A big reason for the recent jump was Sarah Berger's performance at Mount Union's Homon Invitational on Saturday where she won the 3,000 meter steeplechase and qualified for the national championships in that event with a time of 10:15.3. It's currently the best time in the nation and .03 from a top-10 time in Division II history.
Kaitlyn Barber and Andra Lehotay also have impressive marks this season and are ranked nationally. Barber has the fifth-best height in the pole vault, while Andra Lehotay is ninth in the 1,500 meter run.
The Cavaliers will return to action Friday with select athletes traveling to Bucknell to take part in the Bison Invitational. On Saturday, the Cavaliers will host the Walsh Invitational with up to 16 teams set to compete.
|Rank||Institution||Points||Conference||Head Coach (Yr)||Last Week|
|1||West Texas A&M||194.98||Lone Star||Darren Flowers (8th)||1|
|2||Angelo State||176.07||Lone Star||Tom Dibbern (1st)||2|
|3||Pittsburg State||154.77||MIAA||Russ Jewett (31st)||3|
|4||Texas A&M-Kingsville||118.49||Lone Star||Ryan Dall (9th)||13|
|5||Johnson C. Smith||95.13||CIAA||Lennox Graham (10th)||4|
|6||Saint Augustine's||87.52||CIAA||George Williams (41st)||6|
|7||Cal Baptist||83.72||PacWest||Ben Gall (5th)||7|
|8||Adams State||82.20||RMAC||Rock Light (4th)||43|
|9||Chico State||78.32||CCAA||Robert Nooney (4th)||5|
|10||Western State||76.22||RMAC||Chris Bradford (8th)||11|
|11||Alaska Anchorage||71.55||GNAC||Michael Friess (27th)||10|
|12||Minnesota State||71.37||NSIC||Jim Dilling (1st)||15|
|13||Humboldt State||70.24||CCAA||Scott Pesch (7th)||9|
|14||Findlay||68.48||GLIAC||Marc Arce (29th)||14|
|15||Chadron State||68.45||RMAC||Brad Gamble (3rd)||19|
|16||Walsh||66.82||GLIAC||Rob Mizicko (5th)||23|
|17||SF State||61.09||CCAA||Kendra Reimer (3rd)||8|
|18||Shippensburg||60.83||PSAC||Dave Osanitsch (12th)||12|
|19||Hillsdale||56.21||GLIAC||Andrew Towne (6th)||32|
|20||Wayne State (Neb.)||55.45||NSIC||Marlon Brink (17th)||21|
|21||Simon Fraser||54.25||GNAC||Brit Townsend (17th)||16|
|22||New Mexico Highlands||53.98||RMAC||Bob DeVries (25th)||137|
|23||Southwest Baptist||52.87||MIAA||Corey McElhaney (9th)||42|
|24||Grand Valley State||52.73||GLIAC||Jerry Baltes (18th)||18|
|25||Minnesota Duluth||50.10||NSIC||Joanna Warmington (6th)||24|
|dropped out: No. 17 Academy of Art, No. 20 Concordia (Ore.), No. 22 UC San Diego, No. 25 Texas A&M-Commerce|