(PITTSBURG, Kan.) – Kaitlyn Barber and Sarah Berger were both in action on the first day of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships and turned in impressive results for the Walsh Cavaliers. The two-day event is being hosted by Pittsburg State University.
Barber was the first of the dynamic duo to participate, and while she didn't earn points, she did finish in the top 10 nationally in the pole vault. Barber's best vault cleared 3.81 meters, or 12-feet-6-inches, to finish 10th.
Her height matched eighth-place Emily Presley of Missouri Southern and ninth-place Megan Wickersham of Pittsburg State, but both cleared previous jumps of 3.61 and 3.71 meters to finish higher. Barber missed her first attempt at those heights, but successfully cleared both on the second. Barber, Presley, and Wickersham all cleared 3.81 meters on the first attempt.
Barber improved upon her seed placement of 11 coming into the national championships. She joins Stephanie Foster as the only Cavaliers to finish in the top 10 in the NCAA nationally in any sport or event.
Berger will join them tomorrow after she qualified for the finals in the mile run. She ran the first heat and finished second with a time of 4:52.60. While the time would have qualified her, Berger's second place finish guaranteed her a spot for the finals race.
The time also broke her own school record and set a new PR. She'll wrap up her second national championship appearance tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. EST.