(BRADENTON, Fla.) – Walsh saw all three athletes reach success in the opening day of the NCAA Division II National Championships at the IMG Academy. On the men's side, Marcus Myers became a two-time All-American as he finished fourth in the hammer, while Sarah Berger and Andra Lehotay both advanced to Saturday's finals in the 1,500 meter run.
Myers reached the fourth place finish after a throw of 64.72 meters, or 212 feet 4 inches, to break his own school record. The mark tied Ashland's Bryn Campbell, but because Myers was able to reach the distance one throw earlier, he was placed in the No. 4 spot.
Myers reached the finals after getting through the preliminary three throws with a chuck of 62.12 meters on his second attempt. It was a fortunate throw as Myers faulted on his first and third attempts.
In the 1,500 meter run, Berger advanced after she won the second heat with a time of 4:27.15. Lehotay was also in Berger's heat and received the final automatic bid to Saturday's finals after she finished fourth with a time of 4:28.09.
Overall Berger had the second-fastest time behind Minnesota-Duluth's Emilee Trost by just .12. Lehotay's time is eighth out of the 12 who have advanced to the finals.
Berger was third after the first 300 meters and fifth after 700 meters, but kicked into gear and was second at the 1,100 meter mark. Lehotay was 10th at the 300 mark, ninth at 700, and made her move to the front of the pack at third by 1,100 before she finished fourth.
The finals for the 1,500 meter run will take place at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday.