(PITTSBURG, Kan.) – Sarah Berger became Walsh's second NCAA Division II All-American as she finished fourth place in the mile run at the Indoor Track & Field National Championship Meet Saturday evening. The 2014-15 Female Athlete of the Year did so in record fashion as she once again broke her own school record with a time of 4:49.49.
The sophomore from Wadsworth finished behind a pair of GLIAC representatives as Hillsdale's Emily Oren won the national championship with a time of 4:35.48 and Grand Valley State's Gina Patterson finished third with a time of 4:45.03. Minnesota-Duluth's Emilee Trost was runner-up with a time of 4:37.57.
Berger improved upon her seeding by one as she had the fifth-best time coming out of the prelims yesterday.
"This was an amazing race for Sarah," said Head Coach Rob Mizicko. "We are ecstatic with the way Sarah raced today. She is an amazing runner that knows how to step it up when it counts the most. She went from fourth in the GLIAC to fourth in the nation."
Berger joins former Cavalier Stephanie Foster as the only athletes to earn NCAA Division II All-American status. Foster earned the accolades twice in the pole vault at the indoor and outdoor national championships in 2014. Berger also joins Foster and Kaitlyn Barber as Cavaliers to finish in the top 10 in any event or sport. Barber finished 10th in the pole vault yesterday.
In order to be named an All-American, a team or athlete must score points for the school they compete for.
Berger also participated in the 2015 outdoor track and field national championships in the 1,500 meter run.