(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – The Walsh women's track & field team were close to making it a sweep in the outdoor championships as the Cavaliers finished impressively in second. The Maroon and Gold tallied 180 points and were bested only be Hillsdale who scored 216.5 points.
Eight-time All-American Sarah Berger was named women's Track Athlete of the Meet and rightly so as she totaled 26 points over the course of three days. She became a two-time G-MAC champion today with a win in the 1,500 meter run as she breezed to the gold with a time of 4:33.83. She was also part of the 4x400 squad that finished third with a time of 3:55.85. She was the third leg of that team that also consisted of Andra Lehotay, Megan Soehnlen, and Jetaiya Smith.
Lehotay happened to also be second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:37.5. Alexa Leppelmeier added four more points with a fifth place finish at 4:43.28, and Caitlyn Hadley was seventh at 4:55.18 for two. She also finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:12.3 to hit the provo mark. Soehnlen was fifth with a time of 2:18.12.
Smith wasn't done as she turned in a second place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 44.97. Meredith Fennell also took the silver in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.37.
In the 5,000 meter run, Brianna Coy finished third with a time of 17:48.03 and was followed by Leppelmeier in sixth with a time of 18:09.67. The 4x100 meter relay team started off the day with a fifth place finish with a time of 49.31. Fennell, Emily Joyce, Smith, and Rachael Kotoch made up the squad.
In the field events, Dominique Foley and Christine Fiegl started off the day tying each other for fifth place in the high jump. Both cleared 1.57 meters on their second attempt for 3.5 points each. Fiegl was also seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 10.20 meters.
In the discus, Morrisa Mallory finished fifth with a throw of 38.29 meters. Payton Breehl was seventh with a mark of 36.59 meters. Mallory added a fifth place finish in the shot put with a provo mark of 13.65 meters.
Walsh athletes will be sprinkled around last-chance meets next weekend in hopes of qualifying more athletes for the national championships later on this month.