(PITTSBURG, Kan.) – Sarah Berger wrapped up her stellar indoor career with a third place finish in the mile run at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday evening. Berger crossed the finish line with a time of 4:49.24 to scores six more points in the team standings for the Cavaliers.
Alicja Konieczek repeated as national champion in the event as she beat the field with a time of 4:48.33. Adams State's Roisin Flanagan paced herself until the last half of the race where she went from sixth to second place as she edged out Berger by just .19 of a second.
Berger was in third place for all but one portion of the race. She dipped back into fourth at the 1,300-meter mark, but was able to jump back into third in the final lap.
The result giver her All-American status for an unprecedented eighth time in her incredible career and second time in these national championships after she ran in the distance medley relay team that finished second yesterday.
With the six points, the Walsh women's track & field team finished with 19 points, good for No. 12 in the nation. The Cavaliers had the second-best finish of any team in the Midwest Region behind only Grand Valley State which finished with 25 points after winning the final event of the meet.
Walsh will now focus on the outdoor season. The Cavs will take a couple of weeks off before heading to California (Pa.) for the Vulcan's Invitational.