NORTH CANTON, Ohio - For the first time in program history, a pair of former NCAA Division II Outdoor National Champions and Walsh University alumni have qualified for the 2019 U.S. Track and Field Championships.
Marcus Myers and Sarah Berger both qualified the U.S. Track and Field Championships, taking place this weekend. The U.S Track and Field Championships will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, starting on Thursday (July 25) and going through Sunday (July 28). Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University will be the host.
Walsh head coach Rob Mizicko is excited for what's to come for two of the most prolific alums in program history, "We are extremely proud of what Marcus and Sarah have been able to do post collegiately. In the United States, this is Track & Field's most prestigious championship meet. To have, not just one, but two, of our recent grads competing is great for a small school like Walsh. Both Marcus and Sarah have worked extremely hard to reach this level and they have done so while multi-tasking. Currently, Marcus is coaching collegiately at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan and Sarah is enrolled in Physician's Assistant school at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Coach Jakmides and I are very excited to be making the trip to Iowa this weekend to watch both our alumni standouts compete."
Berger was the 2018 NCAA Division II National Champion in the 1500 meter run and will be competing in the Women's Steeplechase, an event that she holds the Walsh record for (10:15.20). She competes in the prelims on Friday at 4:57 Central time.
"I am super excited to have the opportunity to race at the U.S. Championships," said Berger on her first U.S. T&F Championships appearance. "It's really an honor to be included in a field with so many amazing runners. I am so thankful for the platform Walsh Track and Field gave me in order for me to be able to reach this milestone!"
Myers capped his career at Walsh with a D2 National Championship in the Hammer Throw in 2018. He will be competing in the Hammer Throw on Friday at 4:00 PM Central time. Myers holds the Walsh record for the Hammer Throw (220' 4").
"I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to compete at the U.S. Championships," added Myers on his debut. "Qualifying here is the result of very long days, frustrating practices, and sacrifices that can't be measured. This is a great start to my post-collegiate athletic career and I'm very excited to compete with some of the top elite athletes in the United States."