(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – The Walsh track and field teams are off and running at the G-MAC championships with multiple placers across the board. With the final day of competition tomorrow, the Cavaliers are looking to bring back team hardware and hopefully qualify more for the national championships.
On the women's side, Sarah Berger won the 3,000 meter steeplechase to score 10 points for the Cavaliers with a time of 10:32.83. Maggie Kroll finished sixth to score three points with a time of 11:22.2. Chelsea Johnson was right behind her in seventh with a time of 11:26.43 to add two more points, and Macy Lynch also placed eighth with a time of 11:58.88 to add another.
Kaitlyn Barber also came in first in the pole vault as the All-American cleared 3.97 meters to add 10 more points.
Meredith Fennell finished second in the long jump with a mark of 5.49 meters, just .02 from tying first place, to score eight points in the team standings. Dominique Foley tallied six more points with a third place finish after a jump of 5.41 meters.
Malia Turley finished second in the hammer throw with a mark of 50.35 meters to score eight points. Payton Breehl added three points with a sixth place finish on a throw of 46.98 meters. Olivia King added two points with a seventh place finish after she went for 45.42 meters.
In the heptathlon, Alexandra Rodgers placed second with 4,143 points. She finished fifth or better in all seven events and won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.07.
Claire Robertson and Amanda Vincent teamed together to score nine points for the Cavs in the 10,000 meter run. Robertson finished third with a time of 38.43.91 and six points, while Vincent was sixth with a time of 39:35.06 to score three.
In preliminary action, Jetaiya Smith qualified for the finals in the 400 meter dash after running a 57.08 to finish second in her heat. Andra Lehotay qualified for the 800 meter finals with a time of 2:22.73 to finish first in her heat. Megan Soehnlen also qualified with an at-large time of 2:23.01.
Walsh will be well represented in the 1,500 meter finals with four Cavaliers qualifying for Saturday. Andra Lehotay turned in the best time in the prelims with a 5:02.75 with Sarah Berger right behind her at 5:04.39 as both ran in separate heats. Alexa Leppelmeier and Caitlyn Hadley will also run in the finals after qualifying with times of 5:06.17 and 5:05.07, respectively.
Meredith Fennell qualified for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.64 to win her heat.
The 4x100 meter relay team finished sixth in the prelims to qualify for the finals tomorrow. The team of Meredith Fennell, Emily Joyce, Rachael Kotoch, and Jetaiya Smith ran an even 50.00 to finish third in their heat.