Sarah Berger
Sarah Berger
Year: 2017-18
Team: Women's Cross Country/Track

Berger had already solidified herself as one of the all-time greats to wear the Maroon and Gold, but her national championship in at the outdoor track & field championships in May was the icing on the cake. After two more runner-up finishes in cross country and the distance medley relay, the Norton native finally reached the top of the podium in the 1,500. It was Walsh's first NCAA national championship for a women's sport, and second-ever behind the women's basketball championship in 1997-1998.

Berger also placed third in the indoor mile and ninth in the outdoor 5,000 meter run to earn five All-American honors this year and 10 for her career. She qualified for the national championships in nine events between cross country and track & field.

G-MAC championships and honors flooded her trophy case with ease this season. She was the individual champion in cross country, indoor mile, outdoor steeplechase, and 1,500, with conference records set in the steeplechase and 5,000. Berger also ran on the first place DMR team.

As a result, Berger was named the Female Great Midwest Collegiate Achievement Award winner, Midwest Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Midwest Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, G-MAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Meet and Year, and G-MAC Athlete of the Week seven times.

Not only could she perform in competition, but she was one of the best in the classroom as well. After she graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.92, Berger was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American First Team by CoSIDA.