(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Andra Lehotay and Sarah Berger had a strong opening day of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships as both qualified for the 1,500-meter run. The All-American Walsh duo will have a day off tomorrow as that race takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Lehotay turned in the top time during prelims with a 4:28.23 and finished third in her heat, while Berger qualified by winning her heat with a time of 4:29.97. The pace of Berger's opening heat was slower than the second, which is why her time was near the bottom of the field of qualifiers, but her race was never in doubt.
The top four from each heat automatically qualified for the finals while the next four best times from either heat also advanced to the finals. Those four wild card qualifiers all came from the second heat.
Also in action for the Cavaliers was Kaitlyn Barber. The senior passed on the first two heights of 3.65 and 3.75 meters, but unfortunately she was unable to clear 3.85 meters.
With tomorrow off, Berger and Lehotay will highlight the final day of events for Walsh at the championships. Both race in the 1,500 at 3:55 p.m. Saturday. Berger will also run in the 5,000 meter in the penultimate women's event at 6:35.