Berger Becomes New No. 1 In Steeplechase, Automatically Qualifies for Nationals

Berger Becomes New No. 1 In Steeplechase, Automatically Qualifies for Nationals

(WESTERVILLE, Ohio) – The Walsh track and field team started a busy weekend with most of the team competing at Otterbein's Twilight Invitational today. However the big story of the day was Sarah Berger's performance at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa California.

Berger ran with the country's elite in the steeplechase and finished third with a time of 10:06. The time gave her a third place finish in competition with numerous Division I runners and is an automatic qualification for the national championships. It ranks her as the new No. 1 time in the nation, and also set a new school and G-MAC records.

Back at Otterbein, Meredith Fennell placed second in the 100 meter hrudles with a time of 15.13.

Bre Bakan was second in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:47.70. Megan Soehnlen was seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.70. Clarise Culhane was eight in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.90.Maggie Kroll won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:24.82. The 4x100 meter relay was fifth with a time of 50.06 meters. Rachael Kotoch, Jetaiya Smith, Dominique Foley, and Meredith Fennell ran on the team.

In the field events, Malia Turley won the hammer throw with a chuck of 50.89 meters. Annie Fahey was second with a throw of 45.57 meters. Payton Breehl was fifth with a throw of 44.29 meters. Karley Dougherty was first in the javelin with a throw of 36.12 meters. Morrisa Mallory was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.85 meters.

Walsh will be back in action tomorrow as the Cavaliers travel to Ohio State for the Jesse Owens Invitational.