Berger National Runner-Up, Walsh 12th at Nationals

Berger National Runner-Up, Walsh 12th at Nationals

(EVANSVILLE, Ind.) – Walsh finished 12th and Sarah Berger finished second individually to cap an incredible season in the NCAA Division II National Championships from Angel Mounds at Southern Indiana on Saturday. The Cavaliers finished with 370 points in the team standings.

Berger held her own by leading the second pack in the race and made her move at the end to finish with a time of 20:52.1. She jumped five spots from the last checkpoint to edge Natalie Rodriguez from Cal State San Marcos for the silver. Hillsdale's Hannah McIntyre and Cal Baptist's Emeline Delanis were also in that pack with her and finished just a few second later as Berger passed them.

Alaska Anchorage's Caroline Kurgat was in the front pack from start to finish and eventually went on her own to win the individual title with a time of 20:32.3. Adams State won the team title once again with a score of 126.

Brianna Coy was the second Cavalier to cross the finish line with a time of 22:04.7. She finished 62nd individually and added 53 points to the Walsh total. Between the last checkpoint and the finish line she was able to jump 15 positions.

Chelsea Johnson also jumped quite a bit as she followed her with a time of 22:41.2 to finish 114th overall and added 93 points to the total. She was nine spots back at the last checkpoint.

Andra Lehotay and Tori Reeves completed the team score for the Cavaliers with 102 and 120 points, respectively. Lehotay crossed with a time of 22:463 as Reeves followed with a time of 22:59.6.

Maggie Kroll and Alexa Leppelmeier also ran for the Cavs. Kroll crossed with a time of 23:13.9 and Leppelmeier clocked in at 23:25.2. Reeves finished strong as she increased her positioning by 12 spots.

A total of 32 teams and 247 individuals ran in the event.

It's the best finish in program history for the women's team. In their only other national championship appearance as a team, Walsh finished 13th in the NAIA National Championships. That was the first season for the women's program.