(PITTSBURGH, Kan.) – At the end of the first day of the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships, Walsh is tied for fourth place with 13 points. The Cavaliers picked up points in the distance medley relay and the pole vault with the possibility for more points tomorrow in the mile run.
The distance medley relay team of Andra Lehotay, Jetaiya Smith, Tori Reeves, and Sarah Berger improved upon last year's result by two spots with a second place finish. The Cavaliers quartet crossed the finish line with a time of 11:30.22, just .27 ahead of Simon Fraser. The two-time All-American quartet appeared to finish third in the race, but an exchange violation on Adams State resulted in a disqualification. Western State easily won the event with a time of 11:19.98.
Berger and Lehotay pulled double duty today as both ran earlier in the day in the mile preliminaries. Berger advanced to tomorrow's final after she won her race with a time of 4:49.90, the top time from both heats. Lehotay ran a 4:58.14, but finished outside the top three in a heat and didn't have one of the next three best times to qualify for the finals.
Kaitlyn Barber earned her fourth All-American status after she finished fourth in the pole vault to pick up five points. After passing on the first two heights of 3.57 and 3.72 meters, Barber was able to clear 3.82 and 3.92 on her first attempts. Unfortunately she was unable to clear 4.02 on either three of her attempts. Missouri Southern's Emily Presley won the event after she cleared 4.22 meters.
The national championships will conclude tomorrow. Berger will be the only participant for the Cavaliers and will race in the mile finals currently scheduled for 6:50 p.m.