(BIG RAPIDS, Mich.) – Sarah Berger repeated as the winner of the 1,500 meter run to highlight the final day of the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday afternoon. The All-American did so in record fashion as her time of 4:21.25 not only set a new GLIAC record, but clocked in as the best time in all of Division II this season.
Berger entered the week with a previous best of 4:29.05 set at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic three weeks ago. That was good for the 14th-best time in the nation and easily cleared the NCAA Division II provisional mark, but today's time guaranteed her ticket to the national championships later this month in Bradenton, Fla., by surpassing the automatic mark of 4:23.50.
The previous record of 4:21.69 Hillsdale's Emily Oren, who won the steeplechase yesterday with a time that qualified her for this year's Olympic trials.
Elsewhere, Meredith Fennell placed seventh in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.48 to give Walsh another two points. Fennell earned All-GLIAC honors yesterday with a second place finish in the heptathlon.
In the field, Dominique Foley finished in a five-way tie for seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.59 meters. Kendra Zbinovec added an eighth place finish in the shot put as her best throw went 13.58 meters.
Overall, Walsh finished ninth in the team standings with 36.6 points. Grand Valley State easily won the championship with 183.5 points. Hillsdale was runner-up with 110.1 points. Findlay, Ashland and Tiffin rounded out the top five.