(BRADENTON, Fla.) – The Walsh Track & Field tram capped off another spectacular national championship meet with Sarah Berger, Kaitlyn Barber, and Andra Lehotay all being named All-American yet again. The Cavaliers have now going 4-for-4 with athletes being named All-American at the oudoor national championships, and 10-for-10 for the year.
"We are so proud of the way our four national qualifiers performed at this year's NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships," said Head Coach Rob Mizicko. "Marcus set the tone on Thursday for the team and then Sarah, Kaitlyn, and Andra followed it up with outstanding performances today. Not only were we able to go 4-for-4 earning All-American honors, all four set personal career best marks."
Berger turned in the top placement of the day as she repeated a second place finish in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:19.14 to break her own school record. She was in second place from start to finish as Minnesota Duluth's Emilee Trost was the rabbit the entire race and finished with a blistering time of 4:12.64.
It's the sixth time Berger has been named an All-American after being named twice during the indoor national championships.
Lehotay ran in the same race and finished seventh with a time of 4:23.24 to become a three-time All-American. She was 11th at the 300 and 700 marks before she jumped into seventh by the 1,100 portion.
Barber also became a three-time All-American after she placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 4.03, or 13 feet 2 ½ inches, for a new personal best. She was one of four to clear the mark and did so on her second attempt. No athlete was able to clear the next mark of 4.13 meters, but because of prior results, Barber ended in the fourth spot.
She passed on the first two heights of 3.63 and 3.73 meters before she cleared 3.83 on her first attempt. It took Barber's third and final attempt at 3.93 to move on, but she did and moved on to 4.03 which took her two attempts.
Neither of the top three athletes were able to overcome 4.13 meters, with Missouri Southern's Emily Presley winning the national championship. West Texas A&M's Lacy Harris was second and Missouri S&T's Amanda Wetzel was third.
With Berger's, Barber's, and Lehotay's points all added up, Walsh finished No. 20 overall. The Cavaliers tied with Ursuline with 15 points and were unranked heading into the championships.
"The exciting part of all this is that we bring them all back next year!" exclaimed Mizicko. "Walsh Track and Field continues to be 'On the Rise'! I cannot go without thanking our amazing coaching staff and all our current athletes for all their continued hard work to put our track and field program on the national map."